Former SuperSport United midfielder Dean Furman has explained why he failed to earn a promotion to Chelsea's first team whilst adding that it’s no fluke to see his former manager and now Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers being highly successful.
Born in Cape Town, Furman moved to England aged five. A product of the Chelsea academy, Furman has also played for Rangers, Bradford City, Oldham Athletic and Doncaster Rovers before moving back to South Africa where he enjoyed large success at Matsatsantsa.
“I was hoping I’d be the next superstar. But we were signing players for millions at 16. The competition in the reserves was up,” he told the Guardian.
“We signed players like Scott Sinclair and Ryan Bertrand. At 18 Chelsea decided not to keep me on.
“It was an incredible time. Brendan Rodgers took over as our manager in the youth team. It’s no surprise to see how successful he has been in Scotland and with Leicester. On the pitch, everything had a structure.
“I remember the first day he came in and told us that while he was the youth team manager at Reading the reserve players wanted to train with him and so did the first team.
“His training was second to none. We were young men and he helped us grow up off the pitch.”