Eden Hazard will wear the number 10 shirt for Chelsea in the 2014/15 season.
The Player of the Year will change from his existing number 17, which he has worn for the previous two years.
Hazard said: ‘I am very pleased to be able to wear the number 10 for Chelsea.
‘It is my favourite number and is one I am used to wearing for the national team, as well as the one worn by some of my heroes from when I was a kid, like Zinedine Zidane.
‘I hope it brings me a lot of luck in the future and I look forward to the fans seeing me in it next season.’
The previous incumbent of the number 10 was Juan Mata, who departed for Manchester United in January after two-and-a-half years at Stamford Bridge. He replaced Yossi Benayoun in 2011, while the Israeli had taken the shirt following Joe Cole’s departure the previous summer after eight years as our number 10.
Chelsea Football Club understands that many supporters will already have purchased the new 2014/15 home shirt with Hazard’s name and the number 17 on the back. We will be offering anybody who has proof of purchase from an official club store a free exchange, subject to availability, from 6 June – 31 July 2014 inclusive.
All returned shirts will be donated to the Chelsea Foundation, the club’s charity organisation which uses the power of sport to bring about positive changes in people’s lives and their communities.
· For those who purchased from the Stadium Megastore at Stamford Bridge or the Kingston store simply return the 2014/15 Hazard 17 home shirt with proof of purchase in person to either of these stores for replacement.
· For those who purchased from the club’s online partner stores (ChelseaMegastore.com for UK, Europe or Africa, ChelseaMegastoreUSA.com for USA, ChelseaMegastoreAsia.com for Asia Pacific) return the 2014/15 Hazard 17 home shirt by post with a copy of the order confirmation email to the store you made the original purchase from. A replacement like-for-like Hazard 10 home shirt will then be sent to you by post free of charge.
· For those purchases from non-Chelsea Football Club outlets, the club will offer a 50 percent discount on a purchase of a new 2014/15 Hazard 10 home shirt, upon return of the existing 2014/15 Hazard 17 home shirt. This offer is only eligible to those who can visit either the Stadium Megastore at Stamford Bridge or the Kingston store in person.
Terms and conditions
1.This offer is open from 6 June to 31 July 2014 inclusive. Strictly no exchanges or discounts will be offered after 31 July. In the case of purchases made through any of Chelsea’s online partners, no exchanges or discounts will be offered for items received by those partners after 31 July.
2.This offer is subject to stock availability.
3.This offer is for the 2014/15 home shirt only. No other replacements will be permitted
4.Receipt of satisfactory and legible proof of purchase is required (this can be in the format of till receipt or bank statement).
5.Replacement home shirts will not be permitted without proof of purchase.
6.Chelsea Football Club cannot accept responsibility for any shirts lost in transit or for any shirts received without proof of purchase and return name and address details.
7.The returned shirt must arrive with the online partner by 31 July at the latest to qualify for this offer.
8.Customers must cover postage costs to send the 2014/15 Hazard 17 home shirt back to the club’s online partners.
9.This offer does not affect your statutory rights.
10.No refunds will be permitted.