Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is adamant that the European Super League is far from dead despite the withdrawal of major clubs from the league.
Meanwhile, the Uefa Champions League is calling for the ouster of the most decorated European club from this year’s Champions League edition over its role in the emergence of the Super League.
Speaking on the Super League and possible reasons as to why it did not see the light of the day, Perez seemed to be angling blame at Manchester City. He said:
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They started a campaign, which was totally manipulated, that we were going to terminate domestic leagues. That we were ending football, it was terrible.
There was someone in the English clubs who did not have much interest. That started to affect the others. There was fear. One of the English clubs was never really convinced.
The English clubs tried to do something, but they were being told they were killing football. But there is no other solution than the Super League. Or somebody invents something else.
The Real Madrid president added that some clubs were still in and probably a change to the approach to the Super League can secure the signature of at least four top English clubs. Perez said:
Juventus and Milan have not left. Barcelona are thinking about it. Maybe we can change it a bit — that the top four in England enter, the top four in Spain.
The important thing is that the big teams play each other, so the kids will watch football.
The founder clubs believed in this project. It is not dead. We will keep working.
More: The Guardian