Didier Drogba insists Romelu Lukaku is “like a son” to him and has backed the Belgian to establish himself as one of the worlds’ best strikers.
The former Chelsea man left Manchester United over the summer as he looks to reignite his career in Italy after securing a big-money switch to Inter Milian.
Drogba played a key role in helping the Belgian striker reach his potential, and speaking to HLN he says that he expects people will only appreciate Lukaku’s attributes when they look back on his career.
He said: “Romelu is like a son to me.
“When he came to our cloakroom in Chelsea at the time, there was an immediate click between us.
“Also because he literally knew everything about me. Romelu could describe in detail every goal I had ever scored. In fact, he even knew which football boots I had played with. (laughs)
“But it wasn’t because of that knowledge that we agreed well. Because of Romelu’s personality. It is so beautiful. ”
“He shows respect for everyone. And he is eager to learn – he constantly came to ask for advice.
“Now, by the way, it happens regularly that we have contact. He knows he can always come to me.
”Not least when it seems like the whole globe is against Lukaku. But that criticism shows that Romelu is world top. Only later will the supporters realize how good Romelu was when they look at his achievements.
“Now they are used to their phenomenal performances – success is used, also for the fans – but there comes a time when that is no longer the case. And then only the memory remains. (pauses for a moment) Ah, that is not immediately, though.
“Romelu is still not at its top, has a lot of progression. He is only getting better. ”
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