LONDON: Romelu Lukaku will wear Chelsea’s number nine jersey in a bid to complement Thomas Tuchel’s squad.
The former Inter player was given the confidence to wear a jersey that was once worn by great players such as Jimmy Flloyd Hasselbaink and Gianluca Vialli.
But at the same time the jersey is a burden for stars such as Fernando Torres, Hernan Crespo, Alvaro Morata and Gonzalo Higuain.
Lukaku, 28, said: “I got number nine and I am very happy and lucky to be in this situation.
“I’m happy to be back. As a footballer, you struggle to achieve your dreams.
“I’m here now and can’t wait to play with my teammates.”
Before signing a contract at Chelsea this week, Lukaku admitted he had spoken to club legend Didier Drogba.
“Didier said he is very happy with the improvement I have shown over the last few seasons but there is still a lot to be improved,” he said.
Lukaku – who is ready to face Arsenal this Sunday – wore the Chelsea jersey from 2011 to 2014 before traveling to Everton, Manchester United and Inter Milan.