Why I dropped Chelsea’s No.9 shirt – Morata
Chelsea forward, Alvaro Morata has provided explanation on why he dropped the club’s No. 9 shirt and opted to switch his squad number to 29 for the 2018-19 campaign.
The Spain international striker will be donning the No. 29 jersey for the Blues next season.
The 25-year-old moved to Chelsea in a club-record £70 million ($91.9m) deal last summer.
Morata, who will be hoping to offer more to the club after a disappointing first season, will take on that challenge free of the pressure of wearing No. 9.
He explained the logic behind his decision to swap numbers.
He told the club’s official website, “It is a day I will never forget, to welcome my twin sons into the world.
“My family is so important to me and I want to honour them and my wife, Alice, when I am on the pitch which is why I have decided to take a different number for the new season and remember this special day by adding the number 2 to my shirt.
“I am sorry to the fans who may have bought a number 9 with my name already, but I hope you understand my tribute and that it will not be a problem and we can make you a new one with the 29.
“Thank you for your support and I hope this year there will be lots more to celebrate.”