Eden Hazard will be handed the number seven shirt previously worn by Cristiano Ronaldo once he signs for Real Madrid, according to reports.
Hazard is widely awaited to seal a mega move to Madrid in the coming days, after saying adieu to Chelsea this week.
He will become the Spanish giants’ first major signing since Ronaldo left last summer for Juventus.
Reports suggest that a deal has been agreed to send the Belgian forward to Madrid for £115million after Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich stepped in and endorsed the bid on behalf of the board.
And clearly, the hierarchy at Madrid are willing to give him Ronaldo’s old shirt number, rather than his familiar No. 10 shirt worn for the Blues.
That number is still occupied by Luka Modric, whereas Mariano Diaz has failed to live up to the expectations that come with the seven shirt.
As per The Sun, Madrid president Florentino Perez wants to announce the deal early next week after concluding a contract on Monday.
The forward, who has been at Stamford Bridge for seven years, scored twice on what could be his final game for Chelsea, as he helped the Blues win the Europa League on Wednesday.
“I think it’s a goodbye,” he told BT Sport.
On Friday, pictures emerged of Hazard on holiday in Spain posing with a Real Madrid jersey, and clearly signing it.
This article was most recently revised and updated 3 years ago