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Tebas lashes out at Real Madrid president Florentino Perez over Super League: “Disguises his ideas in new clothes”

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La Liga president Javier Tebas has lashed out at Real Madrid’s main man Florentino Perez, saying that although the Los Blancos have earned the right to be the best team, that does not give them the right to influence others.

Speaking in an extensive interview with The Athletic, Tebas shared his thoughts on the ruling of the European Super League (ESL) and what he thinks goes in Perez’s mind. 

Since the ideation of ESL, Tebas has voiced his concerns, portraying that he is completely against this though. Over the years, however, the idea has kept coming back and when asked about it, he said,

“I have been saying it for years: the Super League is not a competition model, it is a consequence of a debate about how European professional football should be governed. 

“Some people think European football should be governed based on the assets you have — the richer you are, the more influence you should have.

“This is the same idea that led to the creation of the G14 (a group of leading clubs) in 1998, led by (Real Madrid president) Florentino Perez, who never tires of this idea. 

“Every few years, Florentino disguises his ideas in new clothes to try to convince people that the richest clubs, especially his own, should dominate European football,” he said. 

Why are Real Madrid the one leading ESL?

Florentino Perez is leading the European Super League charge. (Photo by Eric Alonso/Getty Images)

Real Madrid happen to be at the forefront of the battle concerning the ESL as well as UEFA. As it turns out, as compared to the clubs from outside Spain, like Bayern Munich, Manchester United or even Paris Saint-Germain, they are glued to the idea of having this league started.

When asked about his opinion on the same, Tebas said: “Real Madrid are the ones leading this. Perez has been the ideologue of the ESL since 2000. 

“But, I insist, the ESL is not a competition format: it’s a concept where the rich — and specifically, Florentino — dominate and direct European football, with everyone else becoming his vassals.

“In Spain, we are familiar with this. Florentino opposes everything in La Liga, from the centralised sale of media rights in 2015 to more than 100 lawsuits seeking to challenge agreements that 39 out of 42 clubs (in the top two divisions of Spanish football) have supported. 

“His only thought appears to be, “I am the greatest, the richest — I generate everything, so everything must be done as I want.

“Those other clubs you mentioned oppose the idea because they know Florentino Perez perfectly well and understand what he is seeking. They know that behind his words of being the “saviour” of football, hides a personal project for power.

“But, in terms of Spain, it is Florentino Perez who is behind this project and he is not going to back down because, no matter what happens, he will never consider he has lost,” he explained.

Have Real Madrid outgrown Spanish football?

Real Madrid have been a dominant side since the existence of La Liga and today, it seems as if La Liga needs Real Madrid more than Real Madrid need La Liga. Speaking in the context, Tebas said,

“They [Real Madrid and Barcelona] are the biggest clubs in Spain, having played in the league for more than 90 years. It’s worth considering that they are based in the two most important cities in Spain. The same thing can be observed when examining the structure of other major leagues — big clubs often emerge from major cities.

Real Madrid and Barcelona are the clubs with the highest revenue and the most achievements in Spain, and that’s well-deserved. They have earned it over the years on the field, competing with 40 other (Spanish) clubs each year. Their success is thanks to competing in La Liga.”

Florentina Perez is the most influential figure within the ESL realm. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Tebas added that Real Madrid are beginning to forget their roots and they must thank Spanish football to be at a place where they are right now.

“The Bernabeu (Real Madrid’s home stadium) is filled every weekend, drawing significant audiences no matter how small the opposing club is. 

“Now, it seems Real Madrid are forgetting all of this — the camaraderie and shared effort that has been created among all those who have participated and continue to participate in this competition. 

“Hence, the unanimous rejection (of the ESL) from the rest of professional football. The other clubs know it’s a selfish stance that disrupts what has been collectively built.

“We cannot say they have outgrown Spanish football but rather that they are where they are thanks to Spanish football. 

“Now, they want to continue growing independently of La Liga and European football, with a proposal that supposedly would provide them with more income in the short term but would be ruinous in the medium and long term, even for them. It would destroy the European football ecosystem.

“The right path is precisely the opposite of what they propose. We should try to make the other teams more competitive to improve the overall competition and the fans’ experience,” he said.

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France manager talks Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid, Tchouameni injury

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After unveiling the final squad for France for the upcoming European Championship, coach Didier Deschamps appeared in front of the media to discuss the nation’s preparations for the tournament.

Deschamps was notably asked about Kylian Mbappe and his potential move to Real Madrid in the coming summer.

Deschamps on Mbappe announcement

When asked when Real Madrid may announce the signing of Mbappe, the French coach replied (h/t L’Equipe), “They will decide when it’s time to make it official. As far as possible, I will adapt to the squad.”

This comes on the back of earlier reports which claim that Real Madrid are desperate to announce the signing of Mbappe before the start of Euro 2024.

Mbappe might become a Real Madrid player before the start of Euro 2024 (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

The coveted tournament begins June 14, though France’s opening game is on June 18 as they take on Austria in the city of Dusseldorf.

Deschamps also dismissed concerns over Mbappe’s form, stating, “You don’t find Kylian Mbappé in good shape? He only scored 44 goals in the season. It’s true that he could have done better.”

Deschamps on Tchouameni’s fitness

As things stand, a total of three Real Madrid players are a part of the France squad for the European Championship.

One of them is Aurelien Tchouameni, who picked up a knock earlier this month which could keep him out of the upcoming Champions League final.

Deschamps, though, is not worried about his fitness and is hopeful of having the midfielder back for the Euros.

“Tchouaméni? I’m not worried. The deadline is too short for the UCL final but for the Euro it’s more than doable,” he said.

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