Didier Drogba is my mentor, says Lukaku

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Romelu Lukaku says he is still in touch with ex-Chelsea star Didier Drogba, and described the Ivorian as his "mentor".

The Belgian has been labeled as the heir to Drogba's throne ever since he joined the Blues after impressing with Anderlecht in 2011.

Despite his potential and the fact he scored 17 Premier League goals while on loan with West Brom, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has sent him out loan this term to Everton.

Lukaku, who still hopes to be a success with Chelsea upon his return to Stamford Bridge, says Didier Drogba as well as ex-Blue Nicolas Anelka are his role models in football.

“Drogba was my mentor and still is to this day," he said. "From day one at Chelsea I looked up to him and Anelka."

“Didi was always moving and Nicolas as well. That’s what I learned from them – to always be moving, always alert. They told me you have to be mentally strong. When you come inside of the box you have to kill.”

The 20-year-old had the option to return to the Hawthorns this season but made the move to Merseyside after speaking to manager Roberto Martinez.

Asked if he felt he had a point to prove after being shipped out on loan from Stamford Bridge again he said: Yes, because I think after last year, I deserve a chance - like I did the year before, before I went to West Brom.

"I thought I deserved that chance, I went to West Brom on loan and did well.

"This year, I have a point to prove first to myself, that I can do it again, and then to Chelsea, to show that I can be number one over there as well.

"I had a few talks with the manager (Mourinho) about playing regularly and the importance of it, because I couldn't afford another season on the bench or maybe playing one time out of three, at my age and especially with the World Cup coming up.

"So I spoke with him a few times to see his vision and at a certain point I thought going on loan again was the best thing to do.

"It was my choice. I want to play as much as possible.

"I don't want people to just remember the Romelu Lukaku of West Brom and for me to be in the background again."

Asked if he still saw a future for himself at Chelsea, Lukaku said: "I don't know.

"I think if I can do similar to last year, but for a club like Everton and with better statistics, why not? But we'll see at the end of the season.

"It was always my main ambition to go back to Chelsea, but the end of the season is when you can have a balanced view of how things have gone and make a final decision."

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