Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku has called Didier Dorgba a “legend” and stated his desire to emulate the former Stamford Bridge striker.
The Belgium international revealed he and Drogba are good friends and that they speak to one another every day on the phone.
“Didier’s a legend. Now it’s up to me to do the same as he did, and I want to achieve that as fast as possible,” he is quoted as saying in The Sun.
“He’s one of my best friends. He had the role of father figure to me when I was at Chelsea with him – after training we would talk for an hour or so.
“We have a good relationship and still talk every day. These days I tell him what I’m doing in training and he tells me if it is wrong or right.
“And Didier is harder with me now than he has ever been before. He watches a lot of my games and he expects a lot from me.”
Lukaku arrived at Chelsea in 2011 from Anderlecht in a £20million deal, but failed to make any impact at first team level under Andre Villas-Boas.
The 20-year-old was then sent out on loan to West Brom for last season, where he impressed with his performances and scoring 17 Premier League goals.
Reports of another possible loan deal next season have been dismissed, as Lukaku is keen to establish himself at Chelsea and believes he will be given a chance to do so by Mourinho.
Lukaku has often been referred to as the ‘new Didier Drogba’ but, while he accepts there are similarities between the pair, he did not want to be labelled that way.
“My dad called me Romelu Lukaku so I’m Romelu Lukaku,” he added.
“Yes, we have a similar style of play but I still see there are a few differences. I don’t think people will see me as another Didier Drogba but as Romelu Lukaku.”