Florentino Perez has defiantly claimed that the European Super League project is merely on stand-by despite the exodus of nine clubs.
The brief but explosive Super League saga has dominated sporting headlines since Sunday, with 12 of Europe’s biggest clubs having confirmed controversial plans for a breakaway midweek competition.
However, the backlash to the announcement from all corners of the football world and beyond was so severe that on Tuesday night, each member of the Premier League’s ‘Big Six’ – Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham – confirmed that they were enacting the necessary procedures to withdraw.
The Super League initially said that they planned to “reshape” the proposals in light of those exits. Still, founder and Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli subsequently admitted that the competition could no longer go ahead.
AC Milan, Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid also withdrew on Wednesday, while Juventus conceded that the Super League was unlikely to happen in its intended form.
Florentino Perez remains adamant about European Super League
The remaining founder members Barcelona and Real Madrid, had yet to make their respective positions publicly clear. However, Los Blancos and Super League president Florentino Perez appeared on Spanish radio late on Wednesday night and remained committed to finding a solution.