Chelsea January signing Kevin De Bruyne has played down suggestions he is the long-term successor to Frank Lampard, saying he wouldn’t dream of ‘comparing’ himself to the England international.


De Bruyne signed for Chelsea on transfer deadline day in January but was immediately loaned back to his former club Genk for the remainder of the season, with then-manager Andre Villas-Boas admitting he had little to do with bringing the highly rated 20-year-old to Stamford Bridge.


Lampard meanwhile became the first midfielder to reach 150 Premier League goals with his strike in the 1-1 draw against Fulham on Monday, highlighting his importance to the Blues as they go in search of a top for finish alongside F.A Cup and Champions League success this season.


De Bruyn maintains that he has some way to go before he can begin to compare himself to the 33-year-old, who back in February also became the first player to score ten or more goals in the Premier League or nine consecutive seasons


“That is perhaps somewhat exaggerated, I do not compare myself with a player with his track record and qualities. And he is also still very important for Chelsea,” he told Belgian newspaper Nieuwsblad.


"The praise I get is nice... as a footballer you simply have periods when things go well and periods when it is less."


De Bruyne will link up with his new Chelsea team-mates over the summer ahead of next season, although his future appearances for the Blues may depend on who is handed the full-time managerial role for the 2012/13 campaign.

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