Leaks of Manchester City’s third kit for next season got fans in a frenzy on social media on Wednesday as the club’s followers shot down the shoddy patterns and lack of creativity which accompanied it.
Puma took over from sportswear giants Nike in 2019 on a ten-year deal which will see the German brand continue to manufacture City’s shirts for another nine seasons. The former are said to have created some bizarre kits for Pep Guardiola’s side this season, only taken it a level up with their latest designs.
Footy Headlines have shown the shirt on their website with Puma saying the design is a homage to the Manchester music scene, with the paisley pattern being linked to the ‘Brit Pop’ genre. “Manchester’s music scene has always been an influence on other bands worldwide,” Puma said in a statement. “The iconic TV program ‘Top of the Pops’ was run by the BBC, from 1964 to 2006, originally recorded in the city itself.
The Man City 2020/21 third kit takes inspiration from the Paisley floral pattern which was intrinsically associated with the ‘Brit Pop’ music scene of the 1960s and 1990s,” added Puma. There were no official details of the new deal released but reports claim the Premier League side will earn £65 million over 10 seasons.