Islam Feruz
Islam Feruz sent back to Chelsea after failing to win over Cardiff City Getty

Chelsea starlet Islam Feruz has returned to Stamford Bridge after failing to convince Cardiff City to take him on loan.

Feruz, 19, appeared poised to join the Bluebirds despite initially seeming reluctant to make the move after his representatives indicated the player was not keen on the south Wales club.

The Scotland Under-21 international had a change of heart and opted to train with the club for a week but Cardiff boss Russell Slade has since confirmed the player will not be joining his side for the second half of the season.

"We have made a decision on Islam and he's gone back to Chelsea," Slade was quoted as saying by Wales Online.

Somalian-born Feruz spent the first half of the season on loan at Greek side OFI Crete and is likely to pursue another move before the transfer window closes.

Chelsea have already sanctioned a number of temporary moves for their youth players this month. Promising midfielder Lewis Baker has joined Sheffield Wednesday, while full-back Todd Kane has joined Nottingham Forest until the end of the season.

John Swift has joined Swindon Town, Alex Kiwomya has linked up with League One rivals Barnsley, while Patrick Bamford and Alex Davey have renewed their deals at Middlesbrough and Scunthorpe United respectively.

Tomas Kalas has also recently joined Bamford at the Riverside Stadium.

Nathaniel Chalobah, meanwhile, is poised to leave the club again after returning from an unsuccessful spell at Burnley during the first half of the season. Ligue 1 side Bordeaux have emerged as a surprise destination, whose manager Willy Sagnol confirmed talks were underway over a deal for the England Under-21 international last week.

Chelsea's January departures are likely to be limited to just their Under-21 starlets, though, with manager Jose Mourinho insistent there will be no transfer business – incoming or outgoing – in the winter transfer window.