After the departure of Mesut Ozil to Arsenal for a record fee of £42.5 Million, his former number is now vacant. Real Madrid record signing, Gareth Bale could have chosen the number he opted to go for his trademark no 11.
This signifies that the number could be potentially vacant for a whole season as the transfer window has closed. But, after many rumours emerged that Isco (who arrived this summer) could potentially change his number, he received back up from current teammate, Alvaro Arbeloa.
Alvaro Arbeloa, 30, who returned to the Santiago Bernabeu from Liverpool in 2009, after starting out in the academy, was originally handed the no 2 jersey. But after his preferred no 17 became available he made the switch and is now encouraging young Spanish prodigy Isco Alcaron to do the same.
On twitter, the Arbeloa wrote in Spanish: "@isco_alarcon cagón! Cogete el diez hombre, que la partes!" this phrase roughly translates to: "Take the number 10 you coward! he has left"
This was in direct response to Isco who openly declared through his official twitter account that he was going to remain with his no 23 jersey and was not going to change to the famous no 10 jersey as many people would have expected.
Nevertheless, it seems that Isco, who has only been capped once for the Spanish National team does not want to put himself under more pressure by bearing the responsibility of wearing the popular no 10.
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