"Three or four years ago I had two jerseys of Didier Drogba, one to sleep in and one to wear in the street when I was playing with my friends," he said. "I had a poster above my bed of Didier and a poster on my right side of Nicolas Anelka.
"I always wore the same boots as Didier. They were Nike, but when I signed my contract with Adidas I changed! I'd watch Chelsea train on Chelsea TV. No-one else would do that. People called me crazy, my mum called me crazy.
"I said it was normal, I want to know what it's like there so that I'm ready when I go there. I was a true crazy. When you are a true fan of a team and you can play for them, it's the best thing in the world.
"But you must also be focused - I'm not a fan anymore, I'm a player."