New Real Madrid signing, Eden Hazard revealed that he jokingly asked for the No.10 shirt at the club only to be refused, but went on to say that he is not worried about shirt number or penalty kick responsibilities as he looks to settle down with his new team-mates at the Bernabeu.
The Belgian ended the mystery regarding his future by sealing a £88 million move to Madrid from Chelsea, with the fee likely to rise to £150m with add-ons and while he was undoubtedly the star attraction at Stamford Bridge, he will be playing with a number of superstars at his new club.
“I asked Luka if I could have the No.10 shirt at Real Madrid and he said no” 😂— SPORTbible (@sportbible) June 13, 2019
Absolutely savage from Modric 👀😅https://t.co/QQF3ONoGer
The 28-year-old has admitted that he is willing to let go of a preferred shirt number as it is more important to play for the badge.
"I've talked to Modric through Kovacic. I jokingly asked him if he could leave me No.10, he said no, I have to find another number. For me the number is not important, but to play with this shirt, with this badge," Hazard said as quoted by Goal.
The Belgian who is widely considered as one of the best players in the world had a brilliant final season with Chelsea, scoring 21 goals in 52 appearances in all competitions, including a brace in the final of the Europa League.