Florentino Perez’s Super League rant from fining clubs to 40 Chelsea protestors
Florentino Perez has hit out at the protests of Chelsea supporters and the withdrawal of Premier League clubs from the European Super League after widespread discontent.
The Real Madrid chief has not stepped down quietly since the plans were torn to shreds, insisting that the 12 founders have signed legally binding contracts.
The 74-year-old has now given his thoughts on the protests at Stamford Bridge which proceeded the withdrawals, and insisted that his plan remains viable.
He believes that English clubs were only told that they were ‘killing football’ and that a new plan will take the place of the ESL despite it’s failure.
Perez has told Spanish radio program El Larguero: "If this project didn't work, another one will.
"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.
“If anyone thinks the Super League is dead, are they wrong? Absolutely. We’re going to keep working and what everyone thinks is for the best will emerge.”
Perez has also given his thoughts on the west London protest, hinting that they might have been exaggerated, he said: “There were 40 Chelsea fans there and I can tell you who got them there if you want.”
While United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward will leave his role at the end of the season, pressure is building on Daniel Levy at Tottenham and John Henry at Liverpool.
In addition, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has hailed the collapse, but Perez thinks it will return in a new form – because it is the only way to save football.
Perez continued: “The project is on standby. The Super League still exists.
“It’s as if we set off an atomic bomb. This is based on the reactions of UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin and La Liga president Javier Tebas.
“It can’t be the case that the big six in England lose [money] and the other 14 make money. It can’t be the case that those at the top in Spain lose money and most of the other clubs earn money.
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“I’m a bit sad and disappointed because we’ve been working on this project for three years.
“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.’
“I can tell you that those clubs are going to lose over two billion euros that they don’t have. The English certainly do have those sums of money, but they don’t in other places.”
With Perez dismissing links with a return to Madrid for Cristiano Ronaldo, the club look set to secure the signing of David Alaba on a free transfer from Real Madrid.
Despite that, he doesn’t see big money deals existing without the Super League.
He said: “As for signings like Erling Haaland or Kylian Mbappe, they won’t exist without the Super League. During the pandemic, they won’t exist for Real Madrid or for any club.
“Does it mean we won’t sign Mbappe? No, I didn’t say that. We’re now in the final stage of this season and want to finish it as strongly as possible.
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“We’ll then focus on next season and all of that [transfers] relates to next season.
“We don’t know [if Mbappe will sign for Real Madrid this summer]. If Mbappe doesn’t join this year, nobody is going to shoot themselves. People know what I’m like and what I do.
“If something doesn’t happen, it’s because it’s not possible.”
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