The Brazilian midfielder has long been a fan of Didier Drogba.
This summer Chelsea underwent a complete overhaul of their striking department. The club lacked cutting edge last season with Fernando Torres misfiring, Demba Ba inconsistent and Samuel Eto'o gradually retreating into a less advanced role.
This summer all three departed, and three replacements were snapped up.
£32 million signing Diego Costa was the marquee man, Loic Remy his side-kick but the free transfer return of Chelsea legend Didier Drogba was perhaps the most appreciated signature of the three.
Still a hero at Chelsea for his Champions League heroics his career had continued post Stamford Bridge with an ill-fated spell in China as well as time in Turkey with Galatasaray. but Chelsea remains his home and he has proven that class is ageless with recent performances.
He scored against Tottenham in midweek and led the line with aplomb. It was a performance that has seen his names on the lips of the Chelsea players this week, with Oscar the latest to heap praise on him.
The Brazilian, himself in tremendous form, even revealed how he used to watch Drogba as a boy:
"Didier is a fantastic player and a fantastic person. I’m so happy he’s part of the squad. He speaks to the attacking players before the game and he still wants to score goals.
"I watched him on TV when I was younger and now we play together. He’s scored so many goals for the club and he pushes all the young players to be the best."
Drogba's age certainly means he was a televisual delight for many a current Chelsea first-teamer. But if he continues to defy the sands of time his veteran status will not matter.