Kalidou Koulibaly confirms new Chelsea shirt number ahead of Premier League opener

The Senegal centre-back is already starring for the Blues

New Chelsea defender Kalidou Koulibaly has confirmed that he will retain the no.26 that he wore in pre-season with a tribute towards iconic defender John Terry.

The Senegalese centre-back joined the club from Italian giants Napoli this summer in a £34m deal, and took the no.26 during pre-season as a temporary shirt.

Koulibaly had worn the no.26 since his first season in Naples in 2014, but the number had been left vacant in west London since John Terry left the club in 2017.

However, Koulibaly took to social media to announce that, following pre-season, he would be taking the number on a permanent basis, and even called John Terry to get the former Chelsea star’s seal of approval on the decision.

Chelsea’s business far from done

Despite the solid signings of Koulibaly and Raheem Sterling, Chelsea are still far from done in the transfer market.

They are still planning on recruiting another two centre-backs if possible, having already seen several slip through their fingers this summer, as they look to repair the damage done by the the departures of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen, both of whom left on free transfers.

Thomas Tuchel is still at least one centre-back light on last season, therefore, while there are also concerns over the wing back positions, with backup options Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso seemingly keen on a move to Barcelona.

A deal for Wesley Fofana would be pricey, but the Leicester City defender is among the options considered to bolster the heart of defence at Stamford Bridge, while they have also been knocked back in their pursuit of Josko Gvardiol.

One deal that is progressing, however, is Marc Cucurella’s potential arrival. The Brighton defender is in talks with Chelsea after Manchester City deemed a move for the Spaniard too costly, and it is thought that a deal is progressing well.

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Ben Browning

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