Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku tired of Didier Drogba comparisons

 

Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku insists he is fed up with being compared to Didier Drogba and wants to carve out his own reputation in football during the next decade.

Lukaku is currently on a season-long loan at West Brom and scored the winner on his full Barclays Premier League debut for the club against Reading at the Hawthorns.

The 19-year-old Belgian admits former Chelsea star Drogba is his footballing idol but is determined to make a name for himself - first with the Baggies and when he returns to Stamford Bridge.

Lukaku said: "Am I fed up being compared with Drogba? Yes. In the beginning it was nice to hear that, but every player wants to make his own name.

"I want to make my own name. Drogba was my big idol and so was my father, who also played in Belgium.

"I looked also to my father but really I want to make my own style of play, I want to be myself. I want the people to say 'this is Roman Lukaku, not the new Drogba'.

"I just want to be me and hopefully I will have a big career, but I want to do well now for this club and then we will see."

Lukaku recognises the importance of regular football at this stage of his career if he is to realise his goals in the game.

He said: "For me, the next two years, it is very important for me to play. I'm just 19 and even though I'll be 20 next year, people will still look at me like a baby.

"The next year I'll be 21, I'll still be a baby in some people's eyes.

"Then there is the World Cup with Belgium and stuff like that. I want to play as much as I can in the next two years so at 21 I can be where I want to be.

"Last year I had good preparation at Chelsea, now I can show myself at West Brom.

"My dream is always to play for Chelsea, so my main ambition will be Chelsea but now it's West Brom - and West Brom is on my mind.

"The club made a big effort for me to come here and hopefully I can do the business for the team."

Lukaku added: "I just want to make the best out of my career really. I have big ambitions, that's normal.

"Any young player that wants to be the best has to have big ambitions.

"But I don't want to look really forward, I just have small ambitions on small bases and I just look to improve."

Lukaku admits he sometimes acts as dressing room interpreter at the Hawthorns because of his multi-lingual skills, and appreciates having a solid education behind him.

He said: "I speak Belgian, Dutch, French, Portuguese, Spanish and English and I also understand German. I speak a little bit of German.

"I sometimes act as an interpreter for Claudio Yacob (Argentinian midfielder). I will speak with him in Spanish."

Lukaku added: "I think education is very important. It was important for me to have my degrees at school so I could also go to England.

"That was the one thing my parents wanted before I came to England, that I could have my degrees.

"Education is very important in Belgium and, if you didn't do well at school in the week, you couldn't play football at the weekend."

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