Romelu Lukaku is taking Didier Drogba’s advice after completing his dream return to Chelsea. Didier Drogba has long been a favourite of Romelu Lukaku, and the two have spoken since the Belgian’s return to Stamford Bridge. In a reported £97.5 million (€115 million) football transfer fee Lukaku re-joined Chelsea last week from Inter.
Originally he arrived at Chelsea in 2011 but after several loans spells away from west London he left for Everton in 2014. Before joining Inter for two years, where he helped them win the Serie A title last season, Lukaku went on to play for Manchester United football club.
The Belgian superstar has made no secret of his admiration for Drogba, naming the former Ivory Coast forward as one of his footballing heroes. Lukaku, who has confirmed he will wear the number nine shirt this season, has a strong bond with his former teammate and has revealed he has spoken to Drogba since his return to Chelsea was completed.
“He kept it really simple,” Lukaku said when asked what advice Drogba had given him according to the official club website. “He’s really happy with the improvements I’ve made in the last couple of seasons but he’s always saying there’s more work to be done. I think that’s the right mindset, if you want to achieve the maximum as a player it’s about improving week in, week out.”
“The last two years have been really good for me at club level, international level. Now I get the chance to join a team that’s very hungry, very ambitious and I can’t wait to help them and add something new to the playing style. It’s a good feeling, the guys are very hungry, they want to keep winning. There is a good intensity, the coach is very clear with his ideas, everybody wants to work hard and keep improving and most importantly win.
“Those things really meet my ambitions. We have to improve ourselves on the pitch and this is what I like about this team.” This week Lukaku has been training with his new teammates and has confirmed that if Thomas Tuchel chooses to use him he will be available for Sunday’s London derby against Arsenal.
“Yes, I’ve been training, I’ve done a whole pre-season. I’ll try to get to know my teammates better and I’m ready if the manager wants to use me. The next couple of weeks is very important to communicate with all the players. We have a certain playing style here but for me, it’s not too difficult to adapt because with the Belgium national team we have the same system, so that’s already a good thing.”
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