Returning Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has admitted that Romelu Lukaku may find himself above Fernando Torres in the Chelsea striking pecking order next season, according to the Daily Star.
The Belgium international, who completed a loan move at West Bromwich Albion last season, has started his season well, performing strongly in Chelsea's first two pre-season games. He struck in yesterday's victory over Malaysia and then again last week against Thailand XI.
And it also seems that he has formed an interesting partnership with fellow countryman Kevin De Bruyne. The pair impressed in yesterday's 4-1 victory over Malaysia before De Bruyne was taken off with an injury.
And Mourinho has not hid in his praise for Lukaku, who he says is developing well following his appointment.
Speaking to reporters following the victory over Malaysia, Mourinho said: "Of course Lukaku can challenge Torres. He is learning to play the way I want. Every manager has his own ideas. Lukaku had a fantastic manager last season, but Steve Clarke is Steve Clarke. I am me, and West Brom is not Chelsea."
"Its up to the kid, but he's open and intelligent to learn the kind of movement we want. The role he played tonight was the right movement. We don't want the striker just aiming between the central defenders, but making movements, sometimes between the midfield or moving wide," Mourinho said.
But despite Lukaku's early success, Mourinho has said that it is too quick to begin comparing Lukaku to Chelsea great Didier Drogba.
"We have to respect Didier because he is unique in Chelsea's history, and we have to respect Lukaku," Mourinho added. "The best way to do that is not to compare him to a legend in Chelsea's history. Leave Didier where he is, at the top of Chelsea history, and leave Lukaku to work hard. The kid is good."
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