Chelsea reveal squad numbers for 2018-19 season as Kepa takes No.1 shirt

Willy Caballero has given up his number in favour of the former Athletic star, while Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic have also received their numbers

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Chelsea have revealed their squad numbers for the 2018-19 season, with new signing Kepa Arrizabalaga taking the club’s No.1 jersey.

Willy Caballero had previously held possession of the shirt, as first-choice keeper Thibaut Courtois preferred No.13. 

The Belgian, however, has vacated the club in favour of Madrid, and Caballero takes up Courtois’ old number while Kepa steps in for the Argentine after his move from Athletic.

Fellow new signing Jorginho will wear No.5 in his debut Blues season after completing a move from Napoli, and Real Madrid loanee Mateo Kovacic takes No.17.

England international Ruben Loftus-Cheek, meanwhile, takes up No.12 as he returns to the club following a loan spell at Crystal Palace last season. 

There are also new numbers for a handful of current Blues stars. 

Alvaro Morata takes up the No. 29 shirt, while the promising youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi moves to 20 as he looks set to play a part in Maurizio Sarri’s first-team plans this term.

Chelsea get their Premier League campaign underway against Huddersfield on Saturday before hosting Arsenal on August 18.

Player name Squad number
Kepa Arrizabalaga 1
Toni Rudiger 2
Marcos Alonso 3
Cesc Fabregas 4
Jorginho 5
Danny Drinkwater 6
N’Golo Kante 7
Ross Barkley 8
Eden Hazard 10
Pedro 11
Ruben Loftus-Cheek 12
Willy Caballero 13
Tiemoue Bakayoko 14
Victor Moses 15
Mateo Kovacic 17
Olivier Giroud 18
Tammy Abraham 19
Callum Hudson-Odoi 20
Davide Zappacosta 21
Willian 22
Gary Cahill 24
Andreas Christensen 27
Cesar Azpilicueta 28
Alvaro Morata 29
David Luiz 30
Rob Green 31
Emerson 33
Ethan Ampadu 44
Marcin Bulka 59

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