He admits looking around it is sometimes easy to feel old, particularly when informed that 18-year-old forward Lukaku used to have an Anelka poster on his bedroom wall.
"It makes me feel very old!" he laughed with chelseafc.com. "I feel very old. Two or three weeks ago I went to Paris and saw two kids. I was with my friend and we were talking, and they didn't know I used to play for Arsenal! They never knew or saw videos, so I was upset, and said I must be very, very old now!
"It's a good thing for Chelsea to have the young players come in, you still need the quality but it's a good thing.
"Some of us are getting older and it is good to have the new blood. Of course you need some wise players, and we are still here, we are mixing in the same team the old generation and the new generation. You can't just put the young generation in and tell them they need to win. You need some older guidance, and this is what we are trying to do on the pitch. Trying to do our best and also help the young lads.
"Romelu is young and coming from Belgium, another country and way of playing, another league, so he needs to adapt. I think he speaks five languages, so it's good for him because he can adapt easily in the dressing room and learn on the pitch as he plays more games."