Chelsea striker plays down rivalry

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On-loan Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku has played down comparisons with compatriot Christian Benteke ahead of Everton’s clash with Aston Villa this weekend.

The two powerful Belgians will go head to head at Villa Park tomorrow afternoon, with Lukaku looking to help his new Everton team-mates in their battle for a top four finish.

Lukaku, who joined the Toffees from Chelsea during the summer transfer window, is also battling Benteke for a spot in the Belgium national team, who are tipped for big things at next summer’s World Cup.

Despite their rivalry for club and country, the Chelsea striker says there are no ill-feelings between the pair.

"A rivalry is when you don't like a person," he told Sky Sports News. "I like Christian very much as a person, as a human being and as player as well.

"We were together all the time during the international break and we speak all the time. I have known him since I was 14 years old. Our families know each other.

"It is up to other people to judge. I would never say I was the best. I just want to improve and entertain people."

Lukaku has been in top form since heading to Goodison Park from Stamford Bridge, hitting four goals in six appearances to help Everton to 7th after eight games, just four points adrift of leaders Arsenal.

Ironically, given their similarities, Chelsea have been linked with a move for Benteke in the past.

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