Real Madrid president Florentino Perez still has hope for the European Super League. The breakaway competition collapsed 48 hours after it was announced. On Sunday, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Real Madrid, AC Milan, Inter Milan, and Juventus confirmed the start of a new midweek competition. The new competition was all set to replace the UEFA Champions League.
Chelsea and Manchester City were the first two teams to withdraw after backlash from all corners of the football world. The rest of the Premier League soon followed suit. On Wednesday morning, Juventus chairman Andrew Agnelli admitted that the Super League could not move ahead. Inter Milan, AC Milan, and Atletico were the latest to withdraw from the competition but Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is adamant that the Super League is not dead saying, “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.”
“I’m a bit sad and disappointed because we’ve been working on this project for three years,” he said. “There was someone in the group of six English teams who weren’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.”
The domestic leagues as well as UEFA had threatened the expulsion of the Super League teams. It was also announced that players would not be allowed to compete at the international level. “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,” Perez concluded.