Chelsea striker, Alvaro Morata has decided to pay tribute to his newborn twins dropping his number 9 jersey for 29 ahead of the 2018/19 season.
The Spaniard’s wife gave birth to twins on July 29th and Morata who also used the number 9 jersey while playing for Juventus said his decision was to celebrate and pay tribute to his family and twins Alessandro and Leonardo.
He said, ‘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.’
Chelsea, who revealed their squad number ahead of their Community Shield match against Manchester City at the Wembley Stadium on Sunday, said they will refund those who have purchased Morata’s number 9 jersey for next season’s money.
“We understand that some supporters will already have purchased a new 2018/19 shirt with Morata and the number 9 on the back. We will be offering anybody who has proof of purchase from an official club store a free exchange, subject to availability, from 03/08/18 inclusive. All returned shirts will be donated to the Chelsea Foundation,” the statement added.