‘It’s not over’ — Florentino Perez yet to back down from European Super League

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Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has refused to back down from the European Super League project, and has revealed that he still believes in the project.

Perez had previously claimed that the ESL was designed to save clubs financially. But the project has since crashed, with all six Premier League sides pulling out, as well as Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid.

Perez has vowed not to back down and will rather come up with reforms for the ESL.

“I am a bit sad, disappointed,” he said. “We have been working 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.

“The Champions League format is obsolete and only has interest from the quarter-finals.

“Among the 12 teams we lost 650 million last season. This season two or three more times. This format clearly does not work.”

“Juventus and Milan have not left,” he added. “Barca 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.”

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