Andre Schurrle has admitted that he used to wear a replica Frank Lampard shirt as he played football as a child.
The 22-year-old, who signed for the Blues this summer from Bayer Leverkusen for £18 million, revealed it was his dream to sign for Chelsea - a club that his idol Michael Ballack also played for.
And with Lampard still at the club, the German international will be given many opportunities to play alongside one of his other idols this season.
Schurrle told the club's magazine: "It was my dream to come here. I always wanted to play in another country, especially in the Premier League, because I watched so many matches when Michael Ballack came to Chelsea.
"He and Lampard were my idols at that time, so it was a dream - and now it's come true. As a kid, I had a Chelsea shirt with Lampard's name on it.
"So, after I signed here, my mum said to me, When you were young, you were always running around with your Lampard shirt on and now he is your team-mate!"
The German star has also stressed the importance of Chelsea finishing in third place last season - meaning they don't have to play qualifiers to reach the Champions League group stages.
He continued by saying: "I knew I wanted to come to Chelsea, so I watched almost every match they played last season.
"It was a strong finish and getting third place was very important to the club because it means we are in the Champions League and we don't have to go through the qualifiers."
Schurrle has enjoyed a successful first pre-season at the Blues and was on the scoresheet on Sunday night as Jose Mourinho's side beat AC Milan 2-0.
Chelsea play Mourinho's ex-team Real Madrid on Wednesday night and Schurrle will again be hoping to impress ahead of the start of the new season.
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