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Alvaro Morata has now decided to drop the number 9 jersey ahead of the new season which kick starts next weekend.

The number 9 jersey is seen as a cursed one at Stamford Bridge, as many of our signings in recent years have flopped in that jersey.

However, Morata says he’s dropping the number 9 jersey as a tribute to his newborn twins.

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

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