Chelsea target Jadon Sancho has revealed Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba were two players he aspired to emulate as a youngster.
The Borussia Dortmund winger is attracting interest from some of Europe’s top clubs for his stellar displays in the Bundesliga.
And the Blues may now have the upper hand in negotiations after the teenager revealed the Stamford Bridge icons were two of his favourite stars growing up.
The 19-year old also said he gained his tricky feet and skill from his other childhood hero, Brazil legend Ronaldinho.
The England ace told The Independent: “Ronaldinho was the main guy I used to watch on YouTube.
“But I liked Frank Lampard quite a lot and Didier Drogba when they were playing for Chelsea.
“They were the three players I looked up to.”
Sancho has had a superb start to the season, netting three goals and five assists in eight matches, but he hooked by Dortmund boss Lucien Favre after just 36 minutes their 4-0 defeat to Bayern Munich at the weekend.
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Nonetheless, Premier League giants Chelsea have reportedly been joined by Manchester United, City, Liverpool and Real Madrid in monitoring the the 19-year-old.
Sancho, however, is focused on developing further in Germany by picking up the language.
He noted: “I’ve picked up the training terms really well.
“When everyone’s speaking German in sessions I understand what they’re saying.
“Obviously, speaking it fluently is a bit difficult at the moment but I’m picking it up slowly but surely.”