Manchester City have confirmed that Gabriel Jesus will wear the number nine squad number heading into the 2019/20 campaign.
The Brazilian previously wore number 33 but the reigning Premier League champions have opted to award the 22-year-old with a more recognised squad number for a leading striker.
The previous five players to have worn the number nine for the Citizens were Nolito, Alvaro Negredo, Emmanuel Adebayor, Valeri Bojinov and Emile Mpenza, who all found limited success at the club.
However, Jesus has already proven his worth in the Manchester City ranks, scoring 45 goals in 100 appearances for Pep Guardiola’s side, winning various honours including two Premier League titles, the FA Cup, EFL Cup and FA Community Shield.
Let's just fix that…. Ah, there we go! 😉
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— Manchester City (@ManCity) June 22, 2019
Speaking to reporters regarding the number switch, Jesus admitted that it will be a tremendous honour for him to don the famous number nine shirt.
“It will be an honour to wear the City number nine shirt and I’ll do so with great pride,” he said.
“I hope to score many goals wearing this jersey and help City to more trophies in the coming seasons.
“It’s the number I wear with Brazil and as always, I’ll be giving everything for City when I’m wearing it.”
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Manchester City haven’t had a great number nine for many years, with no front man in the 21st century staking a claim to become one of City’s most iconic strikers in recent history.
The young Brazilian now has the opportunity to progress and ensure that his place among the City starting eleven becomes more regular than previous seasons, such is the burden of competing for a place with club legend Sergio Aguero.