Despite several founding clubs of the proposed European Super League withdrawing just 48 hours after they had jointly issued a statement to announce the new mid-week competition, Real Madrid President Florentino Perez is adamant that the tournament is not “dead.” Notably, as many as 12 clubs- the big six of the Premier League as well as Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan had confirmed on Sunday their plans to start the Super League.
However, the plans to go ahead with the new competition were shattered as Chelsea and Manchester City followed by other Premier League clubs decided to opt out after a furious backlash from former players, fans, UEFA, FIFA as well as the Premier League. On Wednesday morning, Juventus chairman Andra Agnelli admitted that the Super League could no longer go ahead. But, Perez, who was set to be the chairman of the controversial tournament, remains desperate to go ahead with the league although at a later stage.
Sad and disappointed because we’ve been working on this project for three years: Perez
“If anyone thinks the Super League is dead, are they wrong? Absolutely,” Perez told Spanish Radio show El Larguero.
“We’re going to keep working and what everyone thinks is for the best will emerge. The project is on standby. The Super League still exists,” he added.
“I’m a bit sad and disappointed because we’ve been working on this project for three years,” he further said.
“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 people of a certain age involved and maybe they were scared because they didn’t understand anything that was going on. We all signed a binding contract, but I don’t think that one of them was ever convinced.”
“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’,” he concluded.