Blues pass the torch to young Brazilian.
Chelsea have handed Frank Lampard’s iconic number 8 shirt to Brazilian playmaker Oscar, despite Jose Mourinho describing the veteran England midfielder as ‘irreplaceable’ earlier this year, the Metro reports.
Lampard’s shirt has been vacant for just a couple of months but Chelsea today announced Brazilian international Oscar would move from the no.11 shirt to take the no.8 for the new campaign.
Meanwhile, returning striker Didier Drogba will take over Oscar’s now vacated number 11 jersey.
“I am very pleased to be able to return to the number 11 shirt and I am very grateful to Oscar for allowing me to make this change,” Drogba told the Chelsea website.
While Oscar added: “Didier is a Chelsea legend and a senior player. I am happy for him to take the 11 and for me to take the 8. Lamps is another legend at this club and I hope I will be as successful in the shirt as he was.”
The Blues are offering an exchange to fans who have already purchased ‘Oscar 11’ or ‘Drogba 15’ shirts this summer.