Florentino Perez, President of Real Madrid pictured on February 18, 2020 in Madrid, Spain.
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Real Madrid president Florentino Perez insists the European Super League is not “dead” despite the competitors collapsing simply 48 hours after it was introduced.
On Sunday, 12 golf equipment – the Premier League’s ‘Big Six’, plus Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan – confirmed they had been planning to begin the brand new midweek European competitors.
However, the plans started to crumble on Tuesday, when Chelsea and Manchester City withdrew following a livid backlash from supporters, the Premier League and UEFA.
Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham then pulled out on Tuesday night time, leaving Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli to confess on Wednesday morning that the Super League may not go forward.
Inter Milan, AC Milan and Atletico additionally withdrew on Wednesday, however Perez – who was as a result of be the chairman of the league – stays bullish, telling Spanish radio present El Larguero: “If anyone thinks the Super League is dead, are they wrong? Absolutely.
“We’re going to maintain working and what everybody thinks is for one of the best will emerge.
“The project is on standby. The Super League still exists.”
Sky Sports News reported on Tuesday morning that the Super League may collapse amid uncertainty amongst a number of the six Premier League members over whether or not to proceed with the plans.
That was confirmed when Chelsea and City turned the primary golf equipment to withdraw later that day. Perez admits one English membership was not “convinced” and that their doubts turned “contagious”.
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“I’m a bit sad and disappointed because we’ve been working on this project for three years,” he stated. “There was someone in the group of six English teams who wasn’t that interested and I think that started to become contagious among the others.
“There are individuals of a sure age concerned and possibly they had been scared as a result of they did not perceive something that was happening. We all signed a binding contract, however I do not suppose that one among them was ever satisfied.
“In the end, there was an onslaught from the leagues and the Premier League got fired up, so they said, ‘we’ll leave it for now’.”
A joint assertion from the English, Spanish and Italian FAs and leagues, plus UEFA, on Sunday threatened the 12 Super League golf equipment with expulsion from their home competitions and advised their gamers might be banned from representing their nations.
Supporters additionally reacted with outrage, with Chelsea’s determination to backtrack coming amid protests outdoors Stamford Bridge forward of their sport towards Brighton on Tuesday night time.
Perez instructed El Larguero that “40 Chelsea fans” had been protesting, including, “I can tell you who got them there if you want.” However, he produced no proof to substantiate his claims, and pictures from Stamford Bridge confirmed tons of of supporters gathered to protest.
Perez believes the failure to ascertain the Super League will stop the biggest golf equipment from having the ability to afford the sport’s largest stars, saying: “As for signings like [Erling] Haaland or [Kylian] Mbappe, they won’t exist without the Super League.
NAPLES, CAMPANIA, ITALY – 2017/03/07: Real Madrid players celebrated after Sergio Ramos first goal during the Champions League.
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“During the pandemic, they will not exist for Real Madrid or for any membership.”
However, Perez – who ushered in the ‘Galacticos’ era at Real during his first spell as president by signing the likes of Zinedine Zidane and David Beckham – then insisted Mbappe could still arrive at the Bernabeu.
“Does it imply we cannot signal Mbappe? No, I did not say that,” he said. “We’re now within the ultimate stage of this season and wish to end it as strongly as doable.
“We don’t know. If Mbappe doesn’t join this year, nobody is going to shoot themselves.
“People know what I’m like and what I do. If one thing does not occur, it is as a result of it is not doable.
“As for big signings in the future without a Super League, they certainly won’t happen.”
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