Chelsea defender Malang Sarr admits he grew up as a striker admiring several of Chelsea 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.”

Sarr signed on a free transfer last summer but spent the season on loan in Portugal but, has now return to Chelsea for pre-season campaign.

He played six times across Porto’s Champions League campaign last term and the defender was satisfied with his performances in Europe’s premier competition, which Chelsea went on to win.

Now Sarr gets to come back and show his parent club just what he learned from his season in the Liga NOS.

He is desperate to make a good impression as he joined up with his Chelsea team-mates for pre-season games but there has been talk that he could be set for another temporary switch away from Stamford Bridge for the forthcoming campaign.

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