The reason Alvaro Morata gave up Chelsea’s number nine has been revealed

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata will not wear the number nine shirt next season and has instead switched to 29. The Blues’ main man up front has decided to change in order to make a touching tribute to his family, after his wife gave birth to twin sons last Sunday, July 29.

Morata announced the arrival of his boys, Alessandro and Leonardo, on Instagram and has now released a statement explaining his shirt tribute to them. “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. “I am sorry to the fans who may have bought a number nine 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 have announced that they will be offering refunds to fans who purchased Morata’s number nine shirt before the change.

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