Romelu Lukaku exclusive first interview on coming back as a leader and a more complete player, his weekly chats with Drogba and Tuchel’s Chelsea plans for him

We’ve seen on social media how close you are to Blues legend Didier Drogba. Have you been in close contact in recent weeks then?

‘Our relationship means the world to me. It’s not like we talk once a month, I talk to the guy every few days! We have a group chat so we’re constantly communicating and I’ve been on the phone with him a bit more in the past two weeks.

‘I had a lot of questions to ask and he still knows a lot of people here so he really prepared me well with the last details. Now I just need to get to know the players and the manager a bit better and just be available as quickly as possible for the team.’

So now you’re in the building, what are the plans for the next few days?

‘I’m ready so it’s just about getting into the team and trying to prove myself to the coaches that if I’m needed, I can play. We all have to compete throughout the week to earn our starting spot.

‘For me it’s going to be a new fight but we’re all fighting for one cause – to make sure that Chelsea win! I’ll make sure that in training I give 100 per cent every day and make sure that I’m ready for each game.

‘I’m happy the first one is a big game away at Arsenal so hopefully we can prepare ourselves well and get a good result.’