Deposed Barclays Premier League champions Chelsea have confirmed the termination of their kit sponsorship deal with German sportswear manufacturers adidas with immediate effect.
Adidas have been supplying Chelsea’s shirts for 10 years and the Stamford Bridge outfit have lined up American giants Nike as replacement starting from next season after the pair have decided to part company on a mutual consent.
On May 4, Chelsea unveiled their final home strip to be made by adidas for next season. The new design, priced at £90 even without name and number printing, will be donned by the Blues for the first time in their last game of the season against newly-crowned champions Leicester City on Sunday.
“Chelsea Football Club can confirm we have mutually agreed with adidas to end our long-standing partnership at the end of the 2016/17 season,” a statement on the Blues official website read on Wednesday .
“Having begun our relationship in 2006, we would like to thank adidas for their fantastic support and cooperation over the past 10 years.
“In that time the club has lifted the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, two Premier League titles, four FA Cups and two League Cups, and we look forward to a successful final year of partnership.”