Chelsea new boy Romelu Lukaku says he is looking forward to partnering Didier Drogba at Stamford Bridge this season, with the striker revealing that he is learning from the former Barclays Premier League top scorer as he plies his trade in England.
Lukaku was unveiled alongside Oriol Romeu yesterday as Chelsea’s new crop of fresh faces, with just one week left in the transfer window.
The 18-year-old is touted to be the next Drogba, based on his top class performances for Belgian side Anderlecht coupled with his tender age.
And the wonderkid said that rather than competing with Drogba for a position in the starting line up, he hopes to play alongside the Ivory Coast international this season and continue to learn from his idol on and off the pitch.
"I'm not here to replace him, I'm just here to play for Chelsea. I can play with him and continue to learn," Lukaku told Sky Sports News.
"I have pace and in a one-on-one I'm very strong, but to be compared to him is a very big honour to me.
"Every time in training I spend time with him, we talk a lot and I sit next to him also in the dressing room."
And in a sign of high team spirits at Chelsea this season, Lukaku also sighted strikers Nicolas Anelka and Fernando Torres as good influences on his progression in England.
"Every moment I'm with him [Drogba] I always listen to him because he gives me good advice. Nic and Fernando are the same," he added.
"I want to learn from the players who are here and after that I just want to show to the coach that I'm ready if he needs me.
"But first I want to train and be fit for as long as possible because here you train at a very high level and you make much more effort than in Belgium, and I'm aware about that."
Andre Villas-Boas hasn’t confirmed when Lukaku will make his debut for Chelsea, but it will no doubt be soon, with the manager looking at an overload of strikers vying for a starting position.