Casemiro could take Varane’s No.5 while Bale looks for new number

29 Jul 2021

The Real Madrid squad still hasn’t been finalized, with 27 players in the group after Raphael Varane’s exit, and there are more departures to come as the club look to trim the number of first-team players to 25.

Shirt numbers also haven’t been decided, with returning loan players Jesus Vallejo, Dani Ceballos, Martin Odegaard, Gareth Bale, Luka Jovic and Take Kubo still to be given their numbers for the upcoming season as the club wait until the transfer window is finished.

Only Sergio Ramos’ No.4 has been given to David Alaba, and Varane’s iconic No.5 is now up for grabs.

Casemiro, who will need to take on more responsibility this season in the absence of Ramos and Varane, looks likely to take the Frenchman’s old number. Other players to have worn the No.5 include Fernando Redondo and Zinedine Zidane.

Another issue to be resolved is which shirt Bale will wear this upcoming season. He lost the No.11 to Marco Asensio when he was loaned to Tottenham Hotspur last campaign.

This means he’ll have to wear a new number, with 16, 18, 21 or Casemiro’s 14 available if he decides to change.

Bale’s options could be further reduced if Odegaard takes his old No.21 and Jovic takes the No.18 shirt again. This would mean his only option would be James Rodriguez’s No.16 that he gave up when he moved to Everton.


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