Manchester City striker Jack Grealish has signed a new boot deal with athletic manufacturer Puma.
Grealish, who became the most expensive British footballer ever last year when he joined Manchester City from Aston Villa for 100 million pounds in 2021, had previously worn Nike shoes on the field.
But he was photographed wearing a black boot that made the Nike logo less visible during a Premier League match last month, and Puma has now confirmed a “long-term partnership” with the England international.
The deal, which will see Grealish wear Puma Future shoes, and serve as one of the leading faces of the brand, is understandably worth a lot more than the previous sponsorship deal.
Grealish’s record-breaking move to Al-Ittihad has led to a flurry of new sponsorship opportunities, with the midfielder last year signing a lucrative seven-figure endorsement deal with fashion house Gucci.
Speaking after the new boot deal was confirmed, the 27-year-old said he was determined to win more trophies after picking up his first Premier League medal with City last season.
Grealish, who joins Neymar, Antoine Griezmann and Christian Pulisic at Puma’s football stadium, said: “I’ve won a medal in the Premier League, but I want to win as many trophies as possible and be successful here at City.
“I said before when I was young (my dream) was to play for Aston Villa. Once I won I had another dream, and then another.
“It was never really playing in a World Cup, it was just playing for Villa, then scoring for Villa, then the next thing, then it turned into playing for England, then playing in Euros, in the World Cup, scoring in the World Cup.
“Fortunately, I was lucky to do all of that. Next in line would be to win a major trophy with the national team and the Champions League.”
Grealish has scored three goals and set up another four in 20 Premier League appearances so far this season and is believed to continue to improve under Pep Guardiola.
“What sets him apart, he’s a football junkie,” said Grealish of his manager. “He watches everything and analyzes everything. I had to stay here for two months just to see his career as a coach and how much he has achieved.
“I learn every day off from it and I feel like I’m only getting better.”
Grealish described himself alongside defender Kyle Walker as the “best looking” in the City changing room, but was quick to identify his teammates with the worst sense of style, quipping: “Rodri, followed by Bernardo Silva”.
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