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PSG president issues strong response to Florentino Perez over Super League

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A22, the company. that promotes the European Super League, had held a meeting with all levels of European football yesterday, including UEFA president Aleksandar Ceferin, and La Liga president Javier Tebas.

The chairman of the European Club Association and the Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi was also present at the meeting. In fact, Al-Khelaifi made headlines for his strong response against Real Madrid’s Florentino Perez’s argument over Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

Last month, Perez had floated the idea of the ESL stating that players such as Nadal, Federer and Novak Djokovic play each other numerous times, but their match-ups never get boring.

Al-Khelaifi, though, issued a strong response to Perez’s poignant example, stating (h/t MARCA):

“There is talk of Nadal and Federer. I have a little experience in tennis as a former player. Let me tell you that Rafael and Roger are two of the best athletes in the history of the sport. This is not because they have played together all the time. It’s because they worked so hard.”

Every match was important, whatever ranking they were playing against. They never asked for a closed league of top players. They defended the tennis family. Please don’t use their big names to justify failures.” Al Khelaifi added.

The PSG president went on to defend the current framework of European football and stressed the importance of listening to the fans.

“The future of European football must take into account the interests of all stakeholders. All the leagues, all the clubs, the national associations, the fans and all the communities that need our help.

“In particular, we need to think more about the fans. At yesterday’s meeting, the voice of the fan groups was heard loud and clear. They spoke from the heart. Self-interest has no place in football,” he said.

Despite the strong opposition, Real Madrid, along with Barcelona and Juventus continue to push the Super League agenda. Newly-appointed CEO Bernard Reichart even hinted at the 2024/25 season as a possible time for the inauguration of the competition.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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