Romelu Lukaku hopes Didier Drogba stays with the club as he plans to learn from boyhood hero rather than replace him.
When you watch the Belgium international play you can see the clear similarities, so much so that Lukaku has been tipped to be the next Drogba.
Since joining up with his new team-mates the 18-year-old striker has been stalking Drogba, and he told the media at today press conference: “I’m very similar in style to Didier, I also have pace and when it’s one against one I’m also very strong.
“To be compared with him is a very big honour for me. Every time I’m training I spend time with him and sit next to him in the dressing room.
“I listen during every moment I spend with him. He’s always giving me advice. I’m not here to replace Didier, I’m here to play for Chelsea.
“I hopes he stays here as long as possible so I can play with him and continue learning from him. He’s a world class striker.”
Lukaku came to Stamford Bridge in 2009 as part of a school trip to London, which was being filmed for a television documentary. At the time he said: “What a stadium. If one day in my life I will cry, it will be the day I play here. I love Chelsea.”
And now, just two years on, that dream has become a reality.
By Scott Balaam