He told the Evening Standard: "Thierry is like a big brother. A lot of times he is sending me a message saying things like, 'I know you have a lot of quality, you have scored 15 or 16 goals now and you can score more if you put more concentration in every game', so that is what I am trying to do, to listen to the elder players.
"He believes in me, in my strength of character and my quality. I want to thank him as he has helped me a lot.
"We are in touch always. He talked to me during the summer when he was leaving. We have a lot in common and get on well."