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Matured Chelsea youngster Feruz still aiming for stardom

Islam Feruz insists he is a much more mature person now than he has been in the past.

The 19-year-old Somalian-born striker is back in Scotland ahead of his debut with loan club Hibernian and is still aiming to reach the stars after a bright youth career with Celtic and Chelsea.

Feruz is on a season-long loan from the Premier League champions and prior to his first appearance for Hibs this weekend, the Scotland U21 international is eager to prove himself.

"I know a lot of people will want to judge me based on what I've done in the past rather than who I am now," Feruz told the Daily Mail.

"But it would be nice to be judged on what I do at Hibs now and how I behave in Scotland.

"I think I've got wiser. I've made a few mistakes but I've learned from them. And if it was not for the mistakes, then I wouldn't be the man I am today. What were my biggest mistakes? Just getting into trouble!

"But that's something that comes with being young. When I was younger, I didn't know how to ignore all the attention and I did things I shouldn't have. As I grew up, I learned to ignore it.

"Was money at Chelsea the problem? No, I just look to help out my family. I have the same friends as I did in Scotland.

"I'm the same person. And I am determined to make the most of this chance at Hibs."

Andrew Slevison
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