Dean Furman has revealed why he didn't become a superstar at Chelsea despite being a highly-rated prospect under the tutelage of Brendon Rodgers.
Furman, 32, developed into an integral part of the South Africa national team since making his debut in 2012 under Gordon Igesund whilst still on the books of Oldham Atheltic in England.
The tireless midfielder went on to spend two season's with Doncaster Rovers before a memorable five-year spell in the Absa Premiership with SuperSport United, whom he departed from recently.
Having captained both Matsatsansa and Bafana, Furman has returned to England to continue the next phase of his career where he was once on the books of the Blues.
In an interview with the Guardian, Furman who arrived at the club in the same year as the takeover of Russian-Israeli billionaire Roman Abramovic admits the new-found finances diminished his chances of making a breakthrough.
"I was hoping I'd be the next superstar," Furman said. "But we were signing players for millions at 16. The competition in the reserves was up. We signed players like Scott Sinclair and Ryan Bertrand. At 18 Chelsea decided not to keep me on."
Furman went on to join Scottish Premier League giants Rangers but he still holds fond memories of his time in London.
"It was an incredible time," Furman explained. "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."
Furman has amassed 56 caps for Bafana since earning his first cap in a friendly against Brazil and has represented the country at the 2013 and 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.