Oscar gives Dider Drogba Chelsea's No 11 shirt for new Premier League season

Brazilian hands club legend the number he made famous during spell

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Oscar has given Didier Drgoba his former No 11 shirt as Chelsea revealed their squad numbers for the new Premier League season.

Drogba, back for his second spell at the club after two years in Turkey, wore the No 11 short for the majority of his spell at Stamford Bridge, the club where he won three Premier League titles and scored 157 goals.

Oscar will take the No 8 shirt after Frank Lampard left the club at the end of last season.

"I am very pleased to be able to return to the number 11 shirt and I am very grateful to Oscar for allowing me to make this change," said the Ivorian on the club website.

Oscar added:  "Didier is a Chelsea legend and a senior player. I am happy for him to take the 11 and for me to take the 8. Lamps is another legend at this club and I hope I will be as successful in the shirt as he was."

Chelsea confirmed that supporters who had purchased shirts with the previous numbers on them at an official store could get a free exchange.

Nathan Ake has taken the No 6 shirt, Cesc Fabregas No 4, Filipe Luis Ashley Cole's old number, three, while Eden Hazard has moved from 17 to 10.

Thibaut Courtois will wear number 13.