Manchester City’s Boxing Day surprise of the reveal of a new badge may have been ruined after it was revealed on Twitter that the club appears to have trademarked two almost identical badges as of Tuesday.

The new badge, which has been developed after consultation with the fans during the opening months of the season, had been announced for a release date in the coming weeks, but posters started appearing in Manchester with teasers such as “A Ship In Full Sail”, along with a date of Boxing Day, the day Sunderland visit The Etihad.

However, the page of The Blues’ trademarks on the Intellectual Property Office reveals they have just trademarked two new designs, which are now thought to be the new badge from next year.

There are two iterations of the new badge, one in colour and one in blue and white. However, both are identical in features. It returns to a circular design – something which fans have been clamouring for since the change to the eagle in 1997 – but retains the shield in the middle. The ship and three lines – thought to represent the rivers of Manchester – have both remained, and now we have the return of the Lancashire red rose, which was one of the most popular City badges of the past.

Reaction to the badge has been mixed, with some complaining about the shield’s size and existence while some being shocked by the colour scheme.

It is unclear in what case the blue and white badge will be used, although it could be being stored up ready to be used in the away kit next year; it is unlikely we will see a radical change in colour scheme for the home kit’s badge on next year’s shirts.

The badge is still set to be officially unveiled on Boxing Day, although some of the surprise has understandably been removed. However, City fans are now free to pass judgement on what could turn into an iconic design as The Blues approach a Golden Age for the club.