Almost as much as Gareth Bale’s return to Tottenham itself, there had been much talk over which squad number he would take at Spurs.
With left-back Sergio Reguilon joining him in north London, the number 3 shirt was always likely to go to him, so the number nine shirt has been vacant at Spurs.
And it was revealed, even before his signing was confirmed, that the Welshman would be taking the nine shirt.
It is not the first time in his Spurs career Bale has worn it though.
When he saw the new number nine shirt for the first time, Bale had to take a photo on his mobile phone saying: “Need to have a picture first, looks weird that doesn’t it?”
He went on to say: “I had that in pre-season once. When I tried to change from three to 11 [Raphael] van der Vaart was there and in pre-season I said ‘I just don’t want three’ and to change I asked him to go 10 because [Emmanuel] Adebayor went so I had to go nine in pre-season and I’ve actually got a nine shirt at home from pre-season in New York.
“Can’t believe I’m number nine.”