Manchester City sign TV chef Jamie Oliver on five-year deal


Manchester City have been linked with every star player around the world, but celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver, has become the club's latest big-name signing, reports the Daily Mail.

Oliver has signed a five-year deal with the reigning Premier League champions to provide match-day food for supporters at the Etihad Stadium, beginning from the start of next season.

Citizens boss Roberto Mancini was highly frustrated by the club's lack of transfer activity during the summer, and are expected to complete some business during the January window.

Whilst Oliver's arrival will be of benefit to fans in terms of hospitality and public concession, it's unlikely to appease the Italian tactician, or improve matters on the pitch.

Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, City's chief commercial and operating officer, Tom Glick, explained: "It is our ambition to create a world-class customer experience for everybody who visits the Etihad Stadium.

"We are looking forward to working with these two leading brands as we continue to develop our stadium to achieve this aim."

The 37-year-old's company 'Jamie Oliver's Fabulous Feasts', will provide food for all public concession stands, as well as the hospitality areas and the City Square fan zone.

Managing director, Nigel Harris, added: "Fabulous Feasts has proven over the last couple of years that we can deliver world class food on a grand scale.

"Our passion for providing tasty food to the public is second to none and so we're enormously excited to be working with Manchester City to offer what we believe will be the best stadium catering in the Premier League.

"We've been in discussions with the club for many months and we now have a dedicated team in place to ensure that the hospitality at the Etihad Stadium is truly something special."

With the partnership not set to kick-off until the start of 2013/14, City fans will have to make do with pasties and pies for the remainder of the campaign.

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