Soccer: Arsenal extends shirt sponsorship deal with Emirates until 2024

FILE PHOTO - Chief Executive Officer of Arsenal Ivan Gazidis gestures during an interview with Reuters in his office in London June 1, 2011. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

(Reuters) - Arsenal have signed a five-year extension to their shirt sponsorship deal with Emirates airline, the Premier League club announced on Monday.

The club said it was their "largest shirt sponsorship deal ever" and will run through to the end of 2023-24 season, extending their partnership with Emirates to at least 18 years.

British media reported that the deal was understood to be worth more than 200 million pounds ($280.4 million).

As part of the new contract, the Dubai-based airline will retain marketing rights to develop campaigns around the world and continue to have the naming rights to Arsenal's stadium until 2028.

"Our shirt partnership is the longest running in the Premier League and one of the longest relationships in world sport," Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis said in a statement.

"This mutual commitment is testimony to the strength and depth of our unique relationship.

"Emirates are again demonstrating their great belief in our approach and ambition and their significantly increased investment will help us continue to compete for trophies and bring more success to the club and our fans around the world."

Emirates first signed its sponsorship agreement with Arsenal in 2004, providing the airline with naming rights to its then-brand new stadium until 2021 and a shirt deal that began in the 2006 season.

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(Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge)