Various Spanish websites - including the reputable Marca - were yesterday circulating a picture that is believed to be a sneak preview of Real Madrid's new home shirt for the 2013/14 campaign.
The picture was originally posted by an online blogger in Uruguay, on a website titled 'Todo Sobre Camisetas', which translates as 'All About Shirts'.
The contributor claims to have received the scoop from a source close to the Santiago Bernabeu, with historical success in leaking previous Real Madrid and Ajax Amsterdam shirts.
The most notable difference to the famous Los Blancos strip is the removal of the La Liga club's current sponsors Bwin, to be replaced by Fly Emirates, who continue to spread their advertising wings across Europe.
Real Madrid's classic white also looks like a darker shade of almost grey, which might not go down too well with supporters in the Spanish capital. But as long as Messrs Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Gonzalo Higuain and Co are all still plying their respective trades in the club's crest, the colour by comparison holds little importance.
And, for those who might criticise the club for looking ahead, or even thinking about next season before we are even halfway through the current campaign, consider this.
After Jose Mourinho's side dropped points against Espanyol on Sunday, leaving Real Madrid 13 points adrift of La Liga leaders Barcelona in the race for the title, their hopes of domestic success are hanging by a thread, and so club officials could be forgiven for forward planning for next season.
Take a look at the leaked home shirt, and leave a comment below:
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