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Chelsea announce squad numbers for 2021-22 season

Saúl confirmed as well

Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur - Pre Season Friendly Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

After a busy summer, Chelsea have finalized not only the first-team squad but by extension, the first-team shirt numbers for the season already underway, confirming the assignment of the No.17 to last-minute loan signing Saúl Ñíguez.

While the transfer windows remain open in Russia and Turkey and a few other leagues, there are no changes expected to this until January at the earliest. Changes from last season are highlighted.

  1. Kepa Arrizabalaga
  2. Antonio Rüdiger
  3. Marcos Alonso
  4. Andreas Christensen
  5. Jorginho
  6. Thiago Silva
  7. N’Golo Kanté
  8. Mateo Kovačić (switching from No.17; last seen on Ross Barkley, who’s in limbo still at the moment)
  9. Romelu Lukaku (taking the number after Tammy Abraham’s departure to AS Roma)
  10. Christian Pulisic
  11. Timo Werner
  12. Ruben Loftus-Cheek (takes old number back after season away on loan last year)
  13. Marcus Bettinelli (taking Willy Caballero’s old number)
  14. Trevoh Chalobah (was unassigned; last seen on Tiémoué Bakayoko)
  15. **vacant** (was Kurt Zouma’s)
  16. Édouard Mendy
  17. Saúl Ñíguez (was Mateo Kovačić’s)
  18. **vacant** (was Olivier Giroud’s)
  19. Mason Mount
  20. Callum Hudson-Odoi
  21. Ben Chilwell
  22. Hakim Ziyech
  23. **vacant** (was Billy Gilmour’s last season)
  24. Reece James
  25. **vacant** (unofficially retired for Zola)
  26. **vacant** (unofficially retired for Terry)
  27. **vacant** (was Tino Anjorin’s last season)
  28. César Azpilicueta
  29. Kai Havertz

Fourth goalkeeper Lucas Bergström has No.36.