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By ESPN Staff
Feb 7, 2007

Villa secure new kit deal with Nike

Aston Villa have secured a long-term deal with Nike who will become the club's official sportswear partner from the 2007-2008 campaign.

The deal will see Nike supply Villa's playing and replica kit in addition to a full range of branded sportswear and accessories.

Villa's new chief executive Richard FitzGerald told: 'This is a significant step forward for the club off the field and we're delighted to have Nike partnering with us.

'The association will help us to drive the club forward. The brand sits perfectly with the new board's vision for Aston Villa and we're looking forward to working with Nike in the future.'

Jim Allaker, vice-president and general manager of Nike UK, said: 'Aston Villa is a major club with a fantastic history and a massive fanbase.

'We're delighted they will be joining the Nike family, which already includes national teams such as Brazil and the Netherlands and clubs such as Manchester United, Arsenal, Celtic and FC Barcelona.

'We're very excited to be part of the club's future and we anticipate a long and successful partnership.'