Andre Onana signed for Manchester United on Thursday and will wear the number 24 shirt for the club, rather than the more traditional no.1 option.
The goalkeeper has penned a deal which will keep him at Old Trafford until 2028, with there also being an option to extend for a further year.
It has been reported that the deal is worth £43.9 million plus £3.4 million in add-ons.
At both Ajax and Inter Milan the shot-stopper wore the no.24 and he will continue to do so at United. Onana’s Instagram handle also includes the number at the end.
He is not the only star player in United’s team that do not wear the number related to their position. Luke Shaw wears the no.23 and even changed to that number after originally having the no.3 after signing.
Onana is excited to get started as a United player, with his full statement after signing reading: “To join Manchester United is an incredible honour and I have worked hard all my life to get to this moment, overcoming many obstacles along the way.
“Walking out at Old Trafford to defend our goal and contribute to the team will be another amazing experience. This is the start of a new journey for me, with new teammates, and new ambitions to fight for.
“Manchester United has a long history of incredible goalkeepers, and I will now give everything to create my own legacy in the coming years.
“I am excited by the opportunity to work again with Erik ten Hag, and I can’t wait to play my part in the success I know he is determined to deliver at this great football club.”
Football Director John Murtough added: “Andre was our top choice to become the new goalkeeper for Manchester United, with exactly the right profile of technical attributes and personality.
“Having achieved success throughout his career, we know that Andre will further add to the winning mentality we are building within our squad.
“He is already one of the world’s best goalkeepers and at the age of 27 we firmly believe that he can develop even further over the coming years.”
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