Romelu Lukaku has revealed that he will wear the number nine at Chelsea this season, after Tammy Abraham departed for AS Roma and left it vacant.
Lukaku arrived from Inter Milan on a club record fee and will take the number nine.
Speaking following an open training session at Stamford Bridge, Lukaku confirmed his squad number.
Can I say it?” he asked the Chelsea media officer.
“Yeah. I got the number nine. I’m very happy and fortunate to be in this situation.” he continued.
Chelsea’s previous number nines include Abraham, Fernando Torres, Radamel Falcao and Gonzalo Higuain.
It has historically been a number that players have struggled with in Stamford Bridge but this has not put Lukaku off taking the iconic number.
The striker wore the number last season at Inter Milan and sports it for his national side, Belgium.