Chelsea dump adidas for Nike

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The long-term agreement will see Nike, the world’s leading sports footwear and apparel company, become the official kit supplier beginning with the 2017/18 season.

Nike will produce strips for the first team, Academy and Ladies teams, as well as a full range of clothing for Chelsea’s millions of supporters around the world.

"This is an incredibly exciting and important deal for the club. Like Chelsea, Nike is known around the world for its excellence and innovation and we look forward to working together in what is sure to be a successful partnership," said The Blues director Marina Granovskaia.

"We believe Nike will be able to support our growth into new markets as well as helping us maintain our place among the world’s elite football clubs."

Trevor Edwards, President of the Nike Brand, added: "Chelsea is a world-class club with a rich tradition and passionate fans across the globe.

"The partnership with Chelsea reinforces our leadership position in football. We are excited to help grow the club’s global reach, serving players and supporters with Nike innovation and design."

The deal is reportedly worth an estimated £60m (R1-billion) per season for the next 15 years – meaning the London club will be pocketing around R15.6-billion between 2017 and 2032.

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