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Real Madrid’s shirt number plans with Kylian Mbappe – report

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According to a report by Augustine Martin in Diario AS, Real Madrid’s newest signing, Kylian Mbappe, will don the number 9 jersey in his first season with the club.

It must be noted that while Mbappe has officially been announced by Real Madrid, the club is yet to comment on his shirt number yet. However, if the aforementioned outlet is to be believed, the French striker will wear the number 9 next season. 

This number has been vacant all this season because the previous wearer, Karim Benzema, left the club in 2023. Benzema had worn the number 9 since 2010 and before him, Cristiano Ronaldo wore it during his first season at Real Madrid in 2009-2010. 

What about the other numbers?

Club veteran Luka Modric currently wears the number 10 shirt, a number Mbappe prefers and wears for the French national team. However, Modric has held onto this number since the 2017-18 season. 

As for Mbappe, he has worn different numbers in his career, including 12, 20, and 29 during his time with Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain.

Kylian Mbappe will wear #9 at Real Madrid. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)

Furthermore, there were also speculation that he might wear the number 7 shirt, something that he donned at PSG, but Vinicius Jr currently dons this number. 

The history of #9 at Real Madrid

Meanwhile, the number 9 shirt holds a special place in Real Madrid’s history, having been worn by legends like Alfredo Di Stefano. 

Other notable players who have worn the number include Ramon Grosso, Santillana, Ronaldo Nazario, Fernando Morientes, Davor Suker, Ivan Zamorano, and Hugo Sanchez. 

After a season without anyone wearing it, the number 9 jersey now has a new owner in Mbappe, who is considered one of the best players in the world today.

However, it must be noted that there is still time for changes in the squad, with potential new signings and departures, which means the final list of jersey numbers for next season is not yet set. 

Nevertheless, it is confirmed that Mbappe will wear the number 9 jersey in his first season at Real Madrid, just as his idol Cristiano Ronaldo did in 2009-2010. 

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Spain midfielder credits Real Madrid assistant manager for career success

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Spain’s European Championship campaign so far has been one filled with revelations. From young Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams on the wings to the ever-so-solid midfield, La Roja have impressed across the park and have taken the tournament by storm.

One such player who has played a critical role for the team despite not being in many pundits’ squad for the tournament is Fabian Ruiz. The PSG midfielder has been sensational for Luis de la Fuente’s men so far, scoring once and providing one assist in two games.

Despite not having any direct links with Real Madrid, the Spanish midfielder interestingly credits Davide Ancelotti for his success and AS brings the story.

A chapter in Naples

Fabian Ruiz may have never played for Los Blancos in his career so far, but he crossed paths with the Ancelottis in Naples a few years ago.

Ruiz signed for the Italian club from Real Betis in 2018 for a fee of €30 million. At the time, he was not known widely and was just seen as another routine Spanish midfielder aspiring to make it big.

As revealed by the player in a recent interview, however, it was Carlo Ancelotti’s son and Real Madrid assistant manager Davide Ancelotti who first saw the spark in him.

“Meeting him was a very important step in my career. From the beginning, he backed me, and it was not easy to pay what Napoli paid for me, a player who had not played much in La Liga with Betis.”

“If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. I have a very good relationship and friendship with him,” he added.

Fabian Ruiz credits Davide Ancelotti for his success. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

A special eye

Ruiz’s comments on Davide Ancelotti only make it clearer as to why Carlo Ancelotti holds his son’s advice in high regard. It is, after all, a testament to the tactician’s keen eye for special talent.

As revealed earlier this year, it was the manager’s son who suggested Joselu’s substitution against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinals when the team was on the brink of elimination.

What happened next was history as the veteran scored twice within minutes to turn the game around and send the Bavarians crashing out.

Davide has been rumoured to be interested in walking his own path soon as a specialist coach, but as it stands, will continue working under his father for at least one more year at Real Madrid.

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