Didier Drogba has told new Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink to go out and sign Romelu Lukaku – the striker they let go back in 2014, reports the Daily Star.
The £32m man has been in scintillating form, scoring 13 goals in 18 Premier League appearances this season – something which has not gone unnoticed by one of the greatest Chelsea strikers of all time.
Lukaku was always seen as the natural successor to the Ivorian, but after being given little chance in the first team and a number of loans, decided to make the move to Goodison Park and has flourished under the tutelage of Roberto Martinez.
Drogba believes that the Belgian could be the ideal replacement for the under-fire and temperamental Diego Costa and has been present beside Hiddink since the sacking of Jose Mourinho.
Lukaku has also made it clear that he has a close relationship with Drogba, often citing him as an inspiration.
He told The Telegraph: “Didier is my idol and he knows it. I still speak to him.
“He gives me tips all the time. Me and Didier, we have had a really special relationship since day one.
“When I arrived at Chelsea they put me next to him in the dressing room, so that was when it started and I saw what a top professional he was.
“Perhaps the best thing I learnt from him was the determination to win.
“I text him, I phone him and say, ‘I did this today… this is going through my mind… how should I do it?’
“He knows what to say and what not to say. and that’s what I like about him.”