Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has said that he had a close relationship with Romelu Lukaku during their time together at Stamford Bridge. The Belgium international struggled to make a strong impression with the west London side but his decision to move on has paid dividends with him becoming one of the most sought-after strikers in the world.
Speaking to HLN, Drogba revealed that the duo were close to each other at former club Chelsea and Lukaku continues to ask advice whenever possible. He added that Lukaku is one of the best in the world but he has ample room for improvement, given he is approaching the prime of his professional career.
He told: “There was a good relationship between us at Chelsea. He knew everything about me and I viewed him as a son. We got along well thanks to his character, as he wants to learn and always asks for advice. We talk to each other all the time. The criticism he receives? It shows that he is one of the best in the world, even though he has ample room for improvement.”
Lukaku recently made the move to Inter Milan after two seasons with Manchester United, where he contributed 42 goals across all competitions. He has made a good impression with the Nerazzurri with three goals from eight appearances but he has yet to find the consistency which has been missing over the past months.
Meanwhile, Lukaku has not had such concerns at the international level and he recently bagged a brace for Belgium during the 9-0 drubbing of San Marino in a Euro 2020 qualifier. During that game, Lukaku registered his 50th international goal and became the first player to achieve that feat in the Red Devils’ history. Belgium also became the first nation to qualify for next summer’s tournament after winning each of their seven qualifying games.