Why I Dropped No.9 Shirt At Chelsea – Morata

Chelsea striker, Alvaro Morata has said he dropped his No.9 shirt at Chelsea to honour the birth of his twin sons.

The Spaniard, who dawned jersey number 9 last season for the Blues, has switched to squad number 29 for the 2018/19 campaign. He said he added number two to his number nine, as tribute to his boys.

“It is a day I will never forget, to welcome my twin sons into the world,” he told the Chelsea’s 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.”

The 25-year-old moved to Chelsea in a club-record £70 million deal last summer.

Morata will be hoping to offer more to the club after a disappointing first season.

The former Real Madrid front man was linked with a move to AC Milan this summer, but it failed to materialize after the Italian giants secured a loan move for Argentine international, Gonzalo Higuain.

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