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Super League CEO makes defiant statement following setback: “This is not dead”

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On Thursday, the European Super League project was dealt with a major blow as the European Union Court of Justice sided with UEFA and FIFA over the matter of the breakaway league.

The EU opined that the governing bodies of European and world football were well within their right to ban clubs participating in the rogue league without permission, dealing a hammerblow to the Super League project.

However, that has not dimmed the spirits of the stakeholders in the Super League. Earlier today, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez and Barcelona president Joan Laporta attended a conference along with Super League’s new CEO Bernd Reichart.

And the latter issued a defiant statement, saying that the Super League was still very much alive despite the non-binding opinion of the European Union’s General Counsel.

As quoted by Mundo Deportivo, Reichart stated: “This is not dead, far from it. It is very, very much alive. The clubs want to be the masters of their own destinies and we will continue to work for that. Also, the youngsters who are asking for more meaningful matches.”

Further stressing why the Super League was a novel idea, Reichart claimed that football as a sport was not only competing with other sports but also the OTT streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, etc.

“This sport is no longer competing against cycling or basketball, but also against Netflix, Amazon Prime, or HBO Max, and that’s important,” he said.

Real Madrid president Perez has been the biggest advocate of the Super League project and has the backing of his Barcelona counterpart Laporta. Ex-Juventus president Andrea Agnelli, who could not attend the conference today, also remains a major part of the project.

When announced initially, the Super League was met with huge criticism and derision by fans across the globe. With UEFA and FIFA further being empowered by EU’s stance, it remains to be seen how those involved in the rogue tournament proceed further.

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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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