Didier Drogba unveils his first phone call with Man United striker Romelu Lukaku
The Chelsea FC legend lifts the lid on his first phone call with Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku
Didier Drogba has lifted the lid on his efforts to help Romelu Lukaku at Chelsea FC.
The Belgian striker moved to Chelsea FC from Anderlecht in 2011 after he earned a reputation as an exciting prospect in Belgium’s top flight.
However, Lukaku struggled to secure a place in the Blues team and the powerful centre-forward was sent out on loan to West Brom and Everton.
He was eventually sold to Everton where he established himself as one of the league’s top strikers during four seasons at Goodison Park.
Manchester United signed Lukaku in a £75m deal from Everton in the 2017 summer transfer window to bolster their attacking options.
The Belgian forward netted 27 goals in 52 games in all competitions during his first season at the 20-time English champions.
Former Chelsea FC striker Drogba shed light on the efforts that he went to during Lukaku’s initial spell at Stamford Bridge.
“The first time I spoke to Romelu, he was a young boy and still at Anderlecht,” Drogba told BBC Sport.
“My friend Vincent Kompany put him on the phone and Romelu told me he was a big Chelsea fan and I was his idol – he had my name on the back of his shirt, and a poster of me on his wall.
“A few years later, the boy was with us, sitting next to me in the Chelsea dressing room.
“I got him that space, because he was supposed to be the next Chelsea striker, so I wanted him to feel comfortable, to learn and understand the spirit of the team from me.
“I wanted to pass on to him my advice and experience of the club – that is why he was there.”
Chelsea FC were 1-0 winners against Manchester United in the FA Cup final at Wembley last term after Eden Hazard scored a first-half winner from the penalty spot.
Lukaku helped to fire the Red Devils to second place in the Premier League, which was their best finish since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.