Aston Villa midfielder Idrissa Gueye has told the club's official website that he spoke to Didier Drogba before making the move to Villa Park.
Villa sit bottom of the Premier League table, eight points adrift of safety, and many have blamed the club's poor summer recruitment as a major reason for their struggles.
Gueye, 25, was one of those summer signings, as he was brought in from Ligue 1 side Lille as a replacement for Fabian Delph, who moved on to Manchester City.
The Senegal international has played 22 of Villa's 25 Premier League games this season, and whilst he has yet to register a goal or an assist, he has provided athleticism in the Villa midfield that Delph previously brought before his departure.
Now, Gueye has opened up on his move to Villa Park, and revealed to the Aston Villa official website that he spoke to former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba before making the move to the Midlands.
The Ivorian legend enjoyed a superb spell in the Premier League with Chelsea, and Gueye admitted that Drogba urged him to sign for Villa despite their struggles in recent years, and stated that he is an important role model as a leading African star.
"It is true Didier told me to sign," said Gueye. "He said I should sign because Aston Villa is a good club, even though they have spent the last few seasons at the bottom end of the Premier League. He played against Villa many times."
"He is a good personality and a good example for every African player. We have the same agent and that is why he called me and talked to me. He is an important role model for me," he added.
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