Florentino Perez, Real Madrid president, has played down suggestions that the Super League breakaway is over.
Juventus president Andrea Agnelli had told Reuters the competition could not go ahead after the withdrawal of the six Premier League clubs, but both Italian giants, Juventus and AC Milan released statements where they didn’t explicitly say they withdraw.
“Juventus and Milan have not left, while Barcela are thinking about it. Maybe we can change the project a bit with the top four in Spain,” Real Madrid and Super League President Perez told El Larguero.
“The important thing is that the big teams play each other so that the kids will watch football.
“The biggest clubs maintain football, it always has been like this. Cristiano against Messi was great, not just for Madrid and Barcelona, but for Spanish football, and football in general.
“We are just working on saving football, after this pandemic. Madrid income falling from €900m to €600m this year. We have worked very hard on something that would satisfy everyone, and we did expect such a response,” he insisted.
“I am a bit sad. We have been working for three years on this project, on fighting the current financial situation in Spanish football. It is easy to understand, you cannot touch La Liga, so you look for more money midweek, and the Champions League format is obsolete.
“There was a campaign, totally manipulated, that we were going to finish the national 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.
“In general, there will not be big transfers this summer. When money does not flow from the rich clubs to the poor clubs, everyone suffers.
“It’s impossible to make signings like Mbappé and Haaland, in general, not just for Real Madrid, without the Super League.”