Lahm criticises Nike over Gotze presentation

The Germany international has slammed the US-based company for sneaking in their logo at the youngster’s official unveiling

Bayern Munich skipper Phillip Lahm has lashed out at Nike for allegedly asking Mario Gotze to wear one of their t-shirts during his presentation.

The Bavarian giants, who are contracted to German-based brand Adidas, were stunned when their €37 million signing and defender Jan Kirchhoff appeared at their press conference wearing t-shirts emblazoned with Nike logos.

Subsequently, die Roten have decided to fine both players, but Lahm is adamant the sponsor is to blame and is convinced his new team-mates have been manipulated by their sponsor.

“I don’t want to allege Mario and Jan of having bad intentions,” the 29-year-old told Sport Bild.

“But I rather think that the players have been ordered by their sponsor to wear the t-shirts at their presentation.

“They just do what what they’ve been told without considering they and the event have been used for a third-party cause.

“This type of marketing contradicts with the contract of our long-term partners Adidas and does not comply with the term of Bayern Munich.”

Gotze was unveiled by Bayern on July 1 after joining from Dortmund, while Kirchoff arrived on a free transfer after spending the last five years with Mainz.

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