‘Getting schooled’ by Henry and Drogba
When told he had reached that figure in 30 games fewer than former Blues team-mate Drogba, the Belgian responded: “But he has four Premier League [titles] and I have none
Lukaku has scored 104 Premier League goals since first arriving in the England as an 18-year-old when he signed for Chelsea in 2011.
When told he had reached that figure in 30 games fewer than former Blues team-mate Drogba, the Belgian responded: “But he has four Premier League [titles] and I have none.”
Lukaku says the former Chelsea striker has had a huge influence on his career, along Henry – Belgium’s assistant manager – and another former team-mate, Nicolas Anelka.
“We talk every day. He is part of the process. He has been part of the process since I came to the Premier League. Even though we haven’t been in the same dressing room for years, he is still part of the process,” said Lukaku.
“At the World Cup, he was at the hotel almost all the time. Can you imagine at the hotel for the World Cup, where we were staying in Russia? I had Thierry there and Didier here and I had to sit here and take everything in: ‘You did this wrong and you did that wrong, but this you did OK…’
“They know I accept it because I really want to have the same career as they had.
“They can be as hard as they want, but I take it because I really want the same thing. Sometimes when I see Nico as well, those three are the guys when I grew up, they were like my everything.
“For me to have them sharing their experience with me, I take everything in. Even if they’re trying to knock me off, it’s no problem. Those guys, they have what I want and they tell me all the time ‘you are dangerous, because you are stronger than we were’ and I debate about pace with Thierry all the time!
“To be schooled by Thierry, Didier and Nico is the best thing that’s happened to me.”