'I've realised': Chelsea player says John Terry's and Didier Drogba's attitudes towards him have changed

Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku admitted that he earned greater admiration from Didier Drogba and John Terry following his league triumph last season.

In an interview with the Guardian, Lukaku revealed how the two Blues legends changed their perception of him in light of Inter Milan’s recent Serie A success.

The Belgian propelled Antonio Conte’s side to their first Italian top-flight victory since 2011, scoring 24 times in the process.

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It was not only a landmark moment for Inter, but also for their former striker.

For all his 251 senior career goals and numerous individual accolades, Lukaku had only previously once claimed a domestic title.

That was back in his youthful days with Anderlecht, where he won the 2009/10 Belgian Pro League.

He missed out on first division glory at Manchester United but swiftly went about rewriting those wrongs with Inter.

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After clinching Italy’s top prize, Lukaku explained that Terry and Drogba looked differently upon his status.

“It’s not about records. It’s about winning trophies,” said the Blues’ new no.9

“I’ve realised how different people’s attitude is towards you when you win something.

“In conversations I had with Didier Drogba or John Terry or Antonio Conte, the respect I have is different when you start winning.”

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Lukaku’s trophy cabinet is more like a biscuit tin in comparison to Drogba or Terry’s.

Between them, they won five Premier Leagues and FA Cups, three League Cups, a Champions League and Europa League with Chelsea.

If anyone knows about swooping up silverware, it’s those two.

So, it’s no surprise their perspective of players lacking in accolades is slightly altered.

For Lukaku, he will be hoping to reach their pedestal under Thomas Tuchel’s guidance, who has already engineered two European conquests in his short reign.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.