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Filipe Luis to take the number 5 shirt at Chelsea

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The Brazilian will take over the number vacated by Michael Essien

Shaun Botterill

Filipe Luis will be the third first-team signing Chelsea have made during the summer transfer window, and now that he's agreed to a contract with the Blues, he's been assigned a shirt number as well. Here's Gigi Salmon breaking the news:

The number 5 shirt at Chelsea has some fairly nice history during the past 20 years. After being worn by Erland Johnson, Frank Leboeuf wore it for the next half-decade. It went unused for a few years before Alexei Smertin wore it for a season, before Michael Essien made it his own starting in 2005.

While it's unlikely that Luis will have the same sort of career at Chelsea that the number 5 before him did, hopefully his time at the club will see Chelsea win trophies at the same sort of clip that they did in Essien's best years.