Romelu Lukaku has paid tribute to the influence ex-Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, Belgium assistant coach Thierry Henry, and ex-teammate Nicolas Anelka have had on his career.
Lukaku has scored 104 Premier League goals since first arriving in England as an 18-year-old when he signed for Chelsea in 2011.
Drogba, Henry, and Anelka have all had glittering careers as strikers in the Premier League and when it was mentioned to Lukaku that he reached the 100-goal mark in 30 games fewer than Drogba, Lukaku said: "But he has four Premier League titles and I have none."
"We [me and Drogba] 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.
"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."
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Raghav Mittal has grown up with Sports basically a part of his DNA. Having completed his graduation in BSc (Hons) Sports Science and Management from Nottingham Trent University (England), he has worked for the likes of Nottingham Forest FC and Liverpool FC. Raghav might be a part of our Football team but that isn’t where his love for Sports is limited to - Cricket, Formula 1, Tennis, Athletics, Golf, and Basketball bring out the passion in him just as much!