Premier League champion Manchester City has signed Nissan Motor Co. as the first global sponsor of its portfolio of clubs.

The five-year deal with Nissan was announced on Thursday, two months after City bought a stake in Japanese team Yokohama F Marinos from the car giant.

Man City, which has been rapidly remodeled on and off the pitch since being bought by Sheikh Mansour in 2008, turned its focus to building a network of teams through its Abu Dhabi backing.

A Major League Soccer expansion team, New York City FC, has been formed with the NY Yankees which has a minority stake, and City recently bought Australian side Melbourne Heart, which has subsequently been renamed Melbourne City.