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Aston Villa seek ‘amicable’ exit from Castore kit deal

Aston Villa could end their kit sponsorship deal with Castore early due to the players displeasure with the current ‘wet look’ shirts.

Players have reportedly said the shirts weigh them down when playing, and now The Telegraph claims Villa have started talks to find an ‘amicable way’ out of their ‘multi-year’ deal with the Manchester sportswear brand.

Fellow Castore-sponsored Premier League side Newcastle Utd negotiated a severance package with the brand earlier this year, with adidas providing kits from next summer in a £40m-per-season deal.

Football commentator Jacqui Oatley claimed at the weekend that Villa’s women’s side were “dreading” wearing the “clingy” shirts ahead of the WSL kick off.

Castore, founded by Wirral-born brothers Tom and Phil Beahon and backed by Tennis star Andy Murray, told The Telegraph: “There has been some media speculation about a potential issue in the football kit supplied by Castore to Aston Villa Football Club.

“We are working closely in collaboration with the club to address this issue as quickly as possible to meet the standards we expect. We would like to thank the club for their patience and support to date.

“As a proud new British brand, we always hold ourselves to the highest of standards and strive to do everything we can to constantly improve the performance of our products. This means addressing any customer concerns with promptness and humility.”

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