Didier Drogba talks up Lukaku's potential

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Chelsea legend Didier Drogba believes Romelu Lukaku is a better player than he was at the same age.

Lukaku, currently on loan at Everton, was signed by Chelsea from Anderlecht as a teenager. He's impressed in two loan spells in the Premier League since joining the Stamford Bridge club, and has drawn comparisons with Drogba.

But the Ivory Coast star believes Lukaku is well ahead of him in terms of development.

"I know I am his idol and we get on well," Drogba told the Daily Mirror. "It is flattering to see that he identifies with me. But we have to stop comparing us.

"He is big too, certainly, but he is already tougher and he has qualities I don't.

"Of course, I have some that he will only acquire with time. He will do big things and it has already started. His progression is better than mine.

"At the age of 19, he was at Chelsea. I was at Le Mans."

Lukaku will come up against his boyhood hero on Wednesday night when the Ivory Coast take on Belgium in a friendly.

The 20-year-old has recently returned to action for Everton after an extended period on the sidelines, and he's hoping for an injury free run leading up to the World Cup in Brazil this summer.

Drogba is set to return to play at Stamford Bridge for the first time since he left Chelsea later this month, when Galatasaray travel to west London for the second leg of their Champions League last-16 clash.

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