Chelsea forward, Alvaro Morata, has opted to change his squad number to 29 from No. 9 for the 2018/2019 campaign.
Morata joined the Blues in a club-record £70 million deal from Spanish giants Real Madrid last summer.
He explained the logic behind his decision to swap numbers with his wife Alice having given birth to twins on July 29.
“It is a day I will never forget, to welcome my twin sons into the world,” he told Chelsea’s official website.
“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.”
Moratam will get the chance to try and open his account in a new number when last season’s FA Cup winners face reigning Premier League champions Manchester City in the Community Shield at the Wembley Stadium on Sunday.Copyright © 2020 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com.