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Lukaku in awe of Drogba

Newly-signed Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku admits he is living the dream by training alongside the player he idolises at the club he adores.

Lukaku fell in love with Chelsea when he tuned into Match of the Day to watch Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink plundering goals between 2000-04. But it was the arrival of Didier Drogba, who he first idolised when the Ivorian was at Marseille, that really inspired the 18-year-old Belgium striker.

"Three or four years ago I had two jerseys of Didier Drogba, one to sleep in and one to wear in the street when I was playing with my friends," he said. "I had a poster above my bed of Didier and a poster on my right side of Nicolas Anelka."

He added: "I always wore the same boots as Didier. They were Nike, but when I signed my contract with Adidas I changed!

"I'd watch Chelsea train on Chelsea TV. No-one else would do that. People called me crazy, my mum called me crazy.

"I said it was normal, I want to know what it's like there so that I'm ready when I go there. I was a true crazy.

"When you are a true fan of a team and you can play for them, it's the best thing in the world. But you must also be focused - I'm not a fan anymore, I'm a player."

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 Barclays Premier League runners-up.

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