Super League chairman Florentino Perez blames one English club for the collapse of the breakaway competition. Perez states that one English club didn’t seem as interested as the rest.
Although he didn’t mention the club by name but speculation has it that the club was Manchester City.
“There was one of the English clubs who didn’t seem so interested and that spread to the rest,” Florentino Perez blames one English club talking to El Larguero.
“They signed the contract but we could already see that that they were not convinced. And then the avalanche started the Premier League ‘heating things up. They said: ‘We’re going to pull out for now.’ There was a club that you could tell wasn’t as interested but they worked with us and signed up.”
However, the Real Madrid president had said he wouldn’t name the club when asked if it was Manchester City but said: “The one from Manchester saw the campaign saying this will kill the leagues, that it won’t allow [sporting] merit, that it was the end of football.
“There are people who have privileges and don’t want to lose them, even if it ruins football. When the English called me [on Tuesday], we met to see what we could do. They tried, but said: ‘Look, we’re not going to do this.”
Meanwhile, Manchester City was the first English club to officially withdraw from the Super League although there were reports that Chelsea decided to back out quite early as well.