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Di Santo Looks Forward To Drogba Partnership New Chelsea recruit Franco Di Santo has described the thought of playing alongside Didier Drogba as "something out of another world" as he gets set to leave for London at the end of the week.

Di Santo Looks Forward To Drogba Partnership

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Chelsea paid £3.4 million to the Chilean club Audax Italiano to secure the services of Di Santo and he is all set to leave his homeland of Argentina to join up with his new team-mates over the weekend.

In a good early sign for Chelsea fans, Di Santo laughed off suggestions that the weather would be an issue for him once he makes the move to London.

"For me I like the cold and rain, so in that aspect there is no problem. If I want to prevail I must adapt to how it is," he told Olé.

He was then asked whether he can believe the speed of his rise of fame, to which he stated that it has come as a major surprise to him to reach so many milestones early in his career.

"No, for not all. In the year and a bit I have been playing so much has happened. I played in the Copa Libertadores and I played for the Under-20 national team in the South American tournament in Paraguay.

"In just a very short time, I have achieved things that few have. This makes me very happy... It seems like it was just yesterday when, at 14 years old, I went by myself to the other side of the Mountain range (Chile) with this dream."

Di Santo was obviously excited about the prospect of moving to Chelsea and linking up with the world-renowned players who are already at the club, whom he hopes to learn from and improve his game.

"I have the idea to go to learn. It is going to be a dream for me to be next to Drogba, Kalou, Lampard, Wright-Phillips, Shevchenko and Anelka, that they bought recently.

"I am going to watch how they play and if I am called on to be part of the team, I will be prepared to give my maximum and do what I do best. I will fulfil whatever the manager Avram Grant requests of me; that is if I understand it (laughs)."

Finally, Di Santo suggested that he will just be privileged to play alongside the likes of Drogba at Chelsea and hopes one day to achieve the same success and be able to give something back to his home town.

"I always speak with my father, Jorge. To be in clothes, changing next to Drogba will be something out of another world. I am going to help him tie his laces (laughs). I must become used to being around these players since now they will be my teammates.

"I hope to reach those heights, although I have a way to go... I do not wish to disappoint those who have trusted in me, especially the people of Mendoza. I want to help the unemployed where I was born and football in my province," he concluded.

Nick Dorrington

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I am excited to see that kind of enthusiasm. Between him, Sinclair, and Sahar, there will be three young ones that will be eager to make a mark. Too bad he wont actually get to play with Drogs in all likelihood

I think there is every chance he will get some game time alongside Drogba. Particually in the final few games of the season should we be out of the running for the title.

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I am still waiting for the club to confirm this signing - until they do I am sceptical, and as it gets longer and longer after we had supposedly secured the deal you start to wonder whetner this is an agent hyping up his player.

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I was hoping to see a little more in the video actually.

His quite quick and is a decent size, but I didn't see him dribble players too many times which I was hoping for from a signing like him.

I am still disappointed we didn't get Pato, he would have been a fantastic signing.

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I was hoping to see a little more in the video actually.

His quite quick and is a decent size, but I didn't see him dribble players too many times which I was hoping for from a signing like him.

I am still disappointed we didn't get Pato, he would have been a fantastic signing.

Dribbling is over-rated! As long as he hits the goal once and a while. He's 194cm tall so he would be the Huth who scores.

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...he picked passes out instead of just blasting the ball. hopefully when he gets here he can have a word or two with kalou.

Might as well have a word with the whole team then, because at Chelsea Kalou has the most assists leading to goals(fifth in the whole league). icon_wink.gif

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