Eden Hazard requests to wear David Beckham’s old number 23 shirt at Real Madrid

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Eden Hazard could wear the number 23 shirt at Real Madrid next season (Picture: Getty)

Eden Hazard could follow in David Beckham’s footsteps by wearing the number 23 shirt at Real Madrid next season following his move from Chelsea.

The 28-year-old sealed his dream move to the Bernabeu in June, signing a five-year contract and joining in a deal worth an initial £88.5m that could rise to £130m in add-ons.

Hazard is the marquee name of Zinedine Zidane’s shopping spree with Luka Jovic, Eder Militao, Ferland Mendy and Rodrygo also arriving at Real Madrid in what has been a busy summer.

There had been speculation over which first-team number Hazard would take on with his former number at Chelsea (10) currently occupied at Real Madrid by reigning Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric.

David Beckham wore the No.23 shirt during his time with Real Madrid (Picture: Getty)

Hazard might have had his eye on Cristiano Ronaldo’s old number seven too, although that is also currently assigned to Mariano Diaz, who is keen to stay despite speculation over his future.

Consequently, Hazard has opted to wear the No.23 which was worn by Beckham between 2003-07. According to Marca, though, his reasoning for picking it is more down to his love of the NBA.

Hazard is a huge basketball fan and there are few numbers that are quite as revered in NBA as 23 with both Michael Jordan and LeBron James wearing it with distinction during their careers.

During his time at Lille, Hazard wore the No.26 before switching to No.10 in his final campaign in France while at Chelsea he wore the No.17 shirt for his first two seasons.

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Hazard enjoyed a sensational final year at Chelsea, scoring 16 goals and providing 15 assists in the Premier League as well as scoring twice in their 4-1 Europa League final win over Arsenal.

According to reports, Callum Hudson-Odoi is in line to take over the vacant No.10 shirt at Chelsea should he decide to shun interest from Bayern Munich and commit his future to the club.

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