Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has insisted his hopes for a European Super League are still alive on Wednesday, with the judicial process still ongoing.
Florentino Perez has historically been at the forefront of plans for Europe’s top football clubs to distance themselves from the UEFA competition and has chaired a tournament that was proposed last year.
It collapsed due to the fragile relationship between the clubs and political and social pressure, with each of the five Premier League allies withdrawing from the Super League in the days following the announcement of secession.
Speaking on El Chiringuito’s program, the president of Real Madrid called the current European football framework “independent” for the benefit of UEFA and pointed out that plans to eventually break away from European football have not been officially suppressed.
“Of course he is still alive, there is currently a question raised in the Luxembourg Court, which will be heard soon and rule on the issues we have raised,” Perez said. “We believe we have the right, within the European Community, to organize competitions between us and UEFA.
“We understand that UEFA is the only one and in Europe [of 27 EU member states] the pillar is competitive.”
As to whether he feared Madrid would be banned from the Champions League after UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin threatened to expel clubs from the UEFA Champions League, he added: “We have never had that fear, and that is what they said in the beginning.
“No, we want to win the UEFA Champions League. PSG is not our enemy. It is not Chelsea or [Manchester] City. Every competitor is a friend, we get along with everyone.”
The 75-year-old also expressed concern over Kylian Mbappe’s decision to stay with Paris Saint-Germain, believing internal pressure had led to his decision to join Madrid but reaffirmed that no one would be bigger than the club.
“His dream was to play for Real Madrid, we wanted to do it last August and they did not release him. He has been saying he wants to play for Madrid and 15 days before the situation changes,” said Perez.
“He changes, they give him other things, they put pressure on him and he is still another footballer.
“There is no one in Real Madrid more than a club. He is a better footballer, he can win more than others but it is a cohesive game and we have principles and principles that we cannot change.