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Official: Spain kit numbers for the World Cup – Asensio gets #10, Morata to wear #7



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Only a few days remain before the FIFA World Cup 2022 gets underway in Qatar. Ahead of the tournament, Spain have confirmed the kit numbers for the 26 players that will be participating in the world event.

Of the 26 players selected by manager Luis Enrique, there are two footballers from Real Madrid in the form of Dani Carvajal and Marco Asensio. Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid have three representatives in the La Roja squad in Alvaro Morata, Marcos Llorente and Koke.

And they have now learned their kit numbers for the World Cup.

As per the information released by the Spanish national team, Asensio will be donning the #10 kit at the World Cup in Qatar.

The Real Madrid winger has had his ups and downs at the club level this term but continues to enjoy the faith of Enrique in the national team setup and will have an important role to play.

Meanwhile, Carvajal, who will likely be the second-choice right-back behind Cesar Azpilicueta, has been handed the #20 jersey for the tournament.

As for the Atletico Madrid contingent, Koke will be donning the #8 kit whereas Morata will wear the #7 shirt and Llorente will be taking the #6 jersey for Spain.

Spain will play a friendly encounter against Jordan later this week before kicking off their World Cup campaign against Costa Rica on November 23. La Roja will also face Germany and Japan in Group E.

Having crashed out of the last World Cup at the group stages, Spain will be hoping to improve on that this time out.

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Atletico Madrid to rival Inter, AC Milan and Roma for 23-year-old centre-forward



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Atletico Madrid are set to enter the market for another striker in the summer transfer window even though they signed Memphis Depay in January from Barcelona.

And according to Italian journalist Giacomo Iacobellis, Atletico Madrid are interested in signing 23-year-old striker Mateo Retegui, who is also on the radars of AC Milan, Inter and AS Roma.

Retegui, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, also has Italian citizenship and has recently been called up by Roberto Mancini to the national team squad for the upcoming UEFA Euro 2024 qualifiers.

The 23-year-old striker is currently plying his trade for Argentine outfit Tigre, on loan from Boca Juniors, having joined in February last year. He has made a solid impression so far in his time with his temporary club and has six goals in seven league appearances this season so far.

It has alerted Atletico Madrid, who are on the lookout for a new centre-forward. Depay was brought in earlier this year to replace Joao Felix, who left on loan and is likely to be sold permanently to Chelsea in the summer.

Having lost Matheus Cunha as well during the winter, Diego Simeone’s side do not have great depth up top, especially with Alvaro Morata not performing consistently. Hence, a new centre-forward could arrive at the Civitas Metropolitano, with Retegui emerging as an option.

Retegui’s loan deal runs until the end of this year, with Tigre having the option to make the transfer permanent. His contract with Boca Juniors expires at the end of December 2024.

Apart from Atletico, Italian clubs like AS Roma, AC Milan and Inter Milan are also keen on the 23-year-old and it remains to be seen if Retegui moves to Europe come summer.

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