The European Super League was the proposed solution to ending UEFA’s monopoly over European football and came very close to materialising last year. However, several clubs withdrew at the final hour after severe protests from fans, which led the plan into jeopardy.
The chairman of the proposed competition was none other than Real Madrid president Florentino Perez. It did not come as a surprise to many, especially given that the businessman has been a strong advocate of autonomous high-level competition for years now.
While teams might have backed out of the proposed competition, Perez continues to champion the Super League project with La Liga rivals Barcelona and Serie A giants Juventus still very much involved in the project.
The topic is set to come up for discussion at Real Madrid’s Assembly of Members later today. And ahead of that, La Liga president Javier Tebas took a dig at Perez’s idea of the Super League on his Twitter account and stressed that it was not everyone’s cup of tea to manage a competition.
“Florentino, being a great club president does not mean you can be a great competition president (the Super League),” he wrote.
Tebas went on to say that the Real Madrid president’s idea spelt doom for all clubs involved.
“From ignorance, you’re launching proclamations that can ‘kill’ the rest of the clubs, including Real Madrid.”
December 15th is the day marked in red for the future of the Super League. On that day, it will be known whether the new competition is legal or not. In an encouraging move, €4 billion are already waiting in the bank from JP Morgan in case the judgement comes out positive.
Needless to say, domestic leagues including La Liga could be the biggest losers in the new development.
Real Madrid maintain full confidence in Turkish starlet despite injury woes
Arda Guler’s Real Madrid stint has not gotten off to the start he would have hoped to have given the expectation that preceded the transfer.
Having joined in the summer after Real Madrid outbid their competition to win him over from Fenerbahce for a 20-million-euro fee, buzz was high as the winger was expected to slot into the team quite seamlessly, albeit on a rotational basis.
Unfortunately for the 18-year-old, he has been constantly marred by injuries since completing the move.
Reports have stated that after Guler picked up his third injury since his move, Real Madrid have been concerned and want to take things slow with the player to ensure he is fit as soon as possible after an injury to his quadriceps this time.
The Turk is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, and Real Madrid even sacked their medical chief in November, in light of their injury crises since the beginning of the season.
No loan deal for Guler
However, according to Fabrizio Romano in a recent YouTube video, he states that Madrid maintain full trust and patience in the youngster.
Despite his bad luck with injuries, the latest of which he is scheduled to return from after Christmas, the Galacticos have no intention of loaning out Guler to Turkish clubs despite lots of speculation of them doing so of late.
Romano states that Madrid remain firm on not shaking things up too much with the squad, and they want to keep their roster stable, including Arda Guler.
They want to extend their full support and protection to the player as he aims to return to full fitness and finally make his bow for Madrid either by the end of this month or in 2024.