Official: Alvaro Morata ditches 'cursed' no.9 shirt
• Morata will now wear a no.29 shirt at Chelsea
• This also all but confirms that the Spaniard will stay at Stamford Bridge
• Chelsea FC have officially announced they will replace old Morata shirts free of charge
The no.9 Chelsea jersey is said to be 'cursed'. The list of Blues who wore it and suffered miserable goes on and on: Mateja Kezman, Hernan Crespo, Khalid Boulahrouz, Steve Sidwell, Fernando Torres and even Radamel Falcao during his ill-fated loan spell at Chelsea.
And Morata, who didn't have much luck wearing the shirt during his maiden Chelsea season, has switched to a no.29 jersey to celebrate the birth of his twin sons.
The Spaniard 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."