PUMA Football has officially announced Barcelona defender and France World Cup winner Samuel Umtiti as their latest brand signing, joining the likes of Antoine Griezmann, David Silva, Sergio Aguero, Romelu Lukaku and Camp Nou teammate Luis Suarez as part of the #PumaFam.
Umtiti will now be wearing Puma’s unique Future boots, with fully a customisable lacing system for the perfect fit, already used by the likes of Griezmann, Suarez and Jan Oblak.
The 25-year-old has established himself as one of the top centre backs in the world over the last three seasons, ever since his breakout performances for France at Euro 2016.
A high-profile move from Lyon to Barcelona followed that tournament, with Umtiti so far winning one La Liga title and two Copa del Rey trophies during his time in Spain. He and his Barca teammates are also on course to win another domestic double in 2018-19.
This is the second big Puma announcement this week after news of a long-term partnership with the City Football Group that will see the German company supply kits for Manchester City and four of their sister clubs around the world – Melbourne City, Girona, CA Torque, Sichuan Jiuniu.
Umtiti has been spotted playing in some custom blacked-out Futures recently, leading to speculation that his contract with Nike was up, so this announcement doesn’t come as the biggest surprise. Sure enough, Umtiti will wear the Future silo as opposed to the ONE, and from now on he doesn’t have to take his felt-tip pen to it…
Don’t expect Puma’s recruitment drive to end here either, with numerous other players being linked, and more rumours of teams set to sign kit deals with them. Shaping up to be a busy old 2019 for the Big Cat.
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