Lukaku: I won’t replace Drogba

Towering Belgium international Lukaku has been touted as the next

Drogba following two prolific seasons with Anderlecht. The

18-year-old striker has been hanging on Drogba’s every word since

his arrival at Stamford Bridge last week and hopes the Ivorian will

remain at the club for some time to come. “I’m very similar in

style to Didier,” said Lukaku, who was presented to the media at

Chelsea’s training ground on Tuesday afternoon. “I also have pace

and when it’s one against one I’m also very strong. “To be compared

with him is a very big honour for me. Every time I’m training I

spend time with him and sit next to him in the dressing room. “I

listen during every moment I spend with him. He’s always giving me

advice. “I’m not here to replace Didier, I’m here to play for

Chelsea. “I hope he stays here as long as possible so I can play

with him and continue learning from him. He’s a world class

striker.” Lukaku admits to being star struck since working

alongside his new team-mates in training. “When I first met the

team I was quiet,” he said. “You don’t know what to say, like when

John Terry talks to me I’m thinking ‘did he just say that to me?’

“When Didier says ‘well done Romelu’, I’m thinking ‘he did just say

that, right?’. It gives you a boost, makes you want to do more.”

Lukaku visited Stamford Bridge in 2009 during a school field trip

to London while being filmed for a television documentary. When at

the ground he said: “What a stadium. If one day in my life I will

cry, it will be the day I play here. I love Chelsea.” Two years

later, he has fulfilled his ambition by joining for the Premier

League runners-up. “I always said to my friends that one day I’d

play for Chelsea. Now that I’m here it’s amazing,” he said. “I’ve

realised my dream but now I need to focus in training. “The Premier

League is the biggest competition in the world. It will not be easy

like it was in Belgium. “But first at my young age I want to learn

from the players who are here. “After that I want to show to the

coach that whenever he needs me, I’m ready. “Our first home game

against West Brom was very emotional. I put a cap on so that no one

could see me. “I already feel at home here and I want to continue

having a great relationship with the fans.” Lukaku was joined at

Chelsea’s training ground on Tuesday afternoon by Oriol Romeu, who

was lured away from Barcelona for £4.2million earlier this

month. The 19-year-old defensive midfielder could challenge for a

starting place with Michael Essien injured, but he accepts he must

prove himself first. “This is a great opportunity. Chelsea are one

of the best clubs in the world,” said the Spaniard. “I thought it

would be wise to be part of such a huge club. “There are a lot of

high level players here and I want to improve by learning from

them. “I’ll make the most of the experience and give it my all. I’m

not setting important goals, I’m just giving my all.”