Marouane Fellaini is reportedly preparing to launch legal action against his former boot supplier on the grounds that their footwear have caused considerable damage to his feet.
According to The Sun, Fellaini is suing New Balance to the tune of £2.1million for the “loss of employment, inconvenience and impact on performance” incurred as a result of wearing their boots.
Back in 2012, the Manchester United ent signed a four-year deal with New Balance worth around £600,000 per term, but has since switched back to Nike.
The 29-year-old Belgian barger has issued a writ which states the United kitman was routinely forced to “steam and stretch” the boots before matches due to their “poor quality”.
He also claims he “repeatedly communicated his frustration” to New Balance, who are counter-claiming that Fellaini once branded their boots “perfect” and even bulk-ordered 12 extra pairs.
Whether or not the fact that Fellaini could effectively play barefoot given his propensity for chesting, heading and elbowing is raised in court remains to be seen.