Loic Remy rejected chance to take No.9 Chelsea shirt

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Chelsea striker Loic Remy rejected the opportunity to take up the No.9 shirt at Stamford Bridge, reports The Metro. 

The forward - who completed a move from QPR to Stamford Bridge last week - instead opted for the No.18 shirt at the club despite the departure of Spaniard Fernando Torres to Serie A side AC Milan. 

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It appears, then, that the No.9 shirt at the Bridge could be a curse with the likes of Franco Di Santo and Steve Sidwell having worn it in recent years. The report from The Metro has in-fact pointed towards Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink as the last player to succeed in the shirt. 

Torres, of course, endured a nightmare stint at Stamford Bridge following his club record move from Liverpool in January 2011. The Spanish ace's departure from the Bridge has seemingly been on the cards for sometime now, so it's no surprise that he finally left the Blues in this past transfer window. 


Remy, however, will be hoping to prove his worth at the club as they go in search of success this season. At one point in the transfer window, it looked as if Remy was going to join Liverpool, but a failed medical stopped the deal from going through. 

Now, at Stamford Bridge, Remy will be hoping to play a key role in the club's fight on four fronts this term. The French striker will have to battle fellow new signings Diego Costa and Didier Drogba for a place in the first team. 

Costa is certainly expected to be Mourinho's No.1 forward throughout the majority of the campaign, but veteran Drogba could also feature as he targets success in his second spell with the club. 

Great start 

Chelsea fans will be buoyed by the club's fine start to the Premier League season. The Blues have secured maximum points from their opening three fixtures, and will be hoping to kick on once again after the international break. 

Mourinho's side will play host to Welsh outfit Swansea City on September 13, before kicking off their European campaign against German outfit Schalke 04 the following week. 

Remy, then, will be hoping to feature for the club in the coming weeks as he begins life as a Chelsea player. 

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