Chelsea playmaker Yossi Benayoun has confirmed that Juan Mata is the new number 10 in town.

The Israeli playmaker has sacrificed his number for the Spanish winger, who arrived at Stamford Bridge earlier in the week in a reported £27 million move.

Number 10 at Valencia, Mata was set to change before Benayoun revealed on Twitter that he's happy to pass it over to the latest Chelsea addition.

Various reports have cited the move as a sign that the 31-year-old is preparing to leave Stamford Bridge in the coming days, with claims earlier in the summer that Chelsea were willing to offer Benayoun as part of the deal to bring Luka Modric to the club.

Whilst the former West Ham midfielder admits his future remains unclear, it would be difficult to suggest that the comments are a 'hint' towards a move, with Benayoun stating that the number has no significance to him personally, unlike 15.


 

"Even though I don't know if I will stay or not I decided to give Mata the number 10 - his favourite. For me it's just a number - not my lucky 15."

Mata is set to be unveiled to the Chelsea fans in west London ahead of the Blues' clash against Norwich this weekend.

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