Havertz asks Chelsea for shirt number set to be left vacant by defender’s exit

New Chelsea signing Kai Havertz has made his shirt number request to the Blues – and it's set to become vacant.

Havertz has moved to Stamford Bridge from Bayer Leverkusen in a £71million deal as part of Frank Lampard's summer rebuild.

The club are yet to confirm his shirt number with many assuming he would take the No.10 jersey following Willian's switch to Arsenal.

But, according to The Athletic, Havertz has asked to wear the No.29 – the shirt he donned for Leverkusen.

Fikayo Tomori currently has that number for Chelsea, but the defender looks set to complete a season-long loan move to Everton.

The 22-year-old played 22 times for Chelsea in all competitions last term, and won his first England cap against Kosovo in November last year.

But he did not feature at all following the season restart and will now go to Goodison Park in search of regular first-team football.

Demba Ba and Samuel Eto'o are among the players to have previously worn the No.29 at Chelsea.

Christian Pulisic, who donned the No.22 shirt in his first season at Stamford Bridge, is expected to take No.10 next season following Willian's departure.

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Havertz stressed the importance of boss Frank Lampard in his decision to make the switch to west London after putting pen to paper at Stamford Bridge.

He said: "Of course he had a big impact on my decision because I loved him as a player and watched him very often.

"And I think I can learn from him as a manager as well. I think he’s a very humble person, a very great guy, and I can’t wait to play with him and learn from him."

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