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Chelsea defender Sarr: I was a striker until 14 - Drogba a hero

Chelsea defender Malang Sarr admits he grew up admiring several of the club's icons.

Sarr is spending preseason with Chelsea after being on-loan at Porto last term.

Sarr, who came through the Nice academy, describes himself as a centre-back who "likes to play, and likes to fight". He is equally happy stepping out of defence in possession as he is getting stuck in and showing his aggressive side. He can also play at left-back.

Growing up in southern France, it is a player who made his name a little further down that coastline that he singles out when asked if he had any Chelsea heroes growing up.

"I was a striker until I was 13 or 14 so Didier Drogba was one, and then the guys at the back, John Terry and Ashley Cole, and then Frank Lampard, all these legends," he told the club's website.

"My father loved Marcel Desailly, too, and would tell me all about him."


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