Much as Umbro would probably like this story to go away, sadly for them it doesn’t look like doing so.
John Terry in adidas adiPURE II football boots, Chelsea Vs Inter Milan.
John Terry, England and Chelsea captain and regarded as ‘Mr Umbro’ in the UK, has now been spotted in adidas boots not once but twice whilst on Chelsea’s pre-season tour in the USA.
The timeline goes like this. Terry plays against Seattle Sounders in his trademark Umbro Speciali football boots, but by the time he returns to the training ground the following day, he’s swapped them for a pair of Black / White adidas adiPure II‘s.
At that point Footy Boots contacted Umbro about the situation and were told:
Umbro was fully aware that John was training in these boots due to a delay in transit of his new Umbro Speciali boots. We had full dialogue directly with John about the matter and his new Specialis are now with him and he looks forward to playing in them.
Strange then that in last night’s encounter with Inter Milan, which Chelsea won 2 – 0, Terry played in a pair adiPure II’s, though it was clear that measures had been taken to mask the more obvious adidas features.
Adidas had this to say:
We are unsure why John Terry is wearing the adiPure II football boot, however they are a fantastic classic leather boot.
We can only assume therefore, that either his new Speciali’s were delayed again despite Umbro’s statement to the contrary or that the player himself is making the decision not to wear them.
Either way, it doesn’t reflect well on Umbro particularly as previous reports had linked them with Manchester City’s bid for the Chelsea player, the kit manufacturer having recently enterred in to a 10 year deal with the Eastlands club. Even now there is talk that City are preparing a fourth bid for Terry in the region of £40 million.
Old team mates, Freddie Ljungberg and Ashley Cole in Puma V1.08 football boots.
Meanwhile, Terry’s Chelsea and England team mate Ashley Cole also seems to have switched boots. An adidas man, who last used the new F50i playing for England last month, has trained and played in the new Royal / White / Black colourway of the PUMA v1.08.
Cole will have had plenty of intimate knowledge of the v1.08 as Chelsea’s Nicolas Anelka wore them as he topped the Premier League scoring charts last season.
However, PUMA have confirmed Ashley Cole hasn’t signed a deal with them and isn’t under contract.
Whilst Adidas confirmed that Cole is no longer in contract with them:
' Ashley Cole’s contract came to a natural end at the close of last season, the player and adidas have decided not to renew the contract.