Didier Drogba Gets His No. 11 Chelsea Shirt Back from Oscar, Who Moves to No. 8

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterAugust 15, 2014

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15:  Didier Drogba of Chelsea (11) celebrates with John Obi Mikel as he scores their first goal during the FA Cup with Budweiser Semi Final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on April 15, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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Chelsea legend Didier Drogba's return to Stamford Bridge has come at a cost to Oscar, who has had to give up his No. 11 squad number on the eve of the 2014/15 season.

The Blues confirmed on their website that Drogba has reclaimed the jersey that he wore during his first stint in London.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 11:  Demba Ba of Chelsea celebrates with teammate Oscar #11 after scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Chelsea and FC Steaua Bucuresti at Stamford Bridge on December 11, 2013 in London,
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Oscar now takes on the No. 8 shirt, which has been vacated by another Blues institution, Frank Lampard.

Drogba thanked the Brazilian, saying, via The Daily Mail: "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."

While Oscar was quoted as saying he was welcome to the shirt: "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."

Oscar later further explained the move with a post on Instagram: "I couldn't say no to this Chelsea legend that is coming back home. Drogba will wear number 11 this season and I am going to the number 8."

The Blues also offered to refund anyone who'd already had the players' names and squad numbers done for the season and were affected by this late switch.