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Plans to revive European Super League as Man Utd and Man City barred

La Liga chairman Javier Tebas has revealed talks are taking place between clubs in order to revive the European Super League.

Plans to develop a breakaway league involving some of Europe’s elite sides were revealed back in April, with both Manchester United and Manchester City involved.

The two clubs joined together with Premier League rivals Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham, as well as Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan to become founding members of the proposed competition.

The plans were met with widespread condemnation, leading to protests from supporters and, eventually, all six of the Premier League clubs pulling out.

That caused the initial proposals to collapse, but Tebas has revealed that Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus remain in talks as they look to revive plans for the Super League – which would include barring the English clubs from entering.

Tebas told Marca : “The three castaways [Barcelona, Real and Juventus] who remain with the flag are talking and I can tell you ahead: they already know that the English are not going to be there.

“Now they are setting up a kind of Super League with the rest of the leagues so that the enemy is not only the Champions League, but also the Premier.”

Plans for the European Super League were slammed by fans and pundits alike for eliminating the long-standing systems in place across the continent, allowing clubs to fight for places in European competitions.

Tebas added: “The Super League that we saw in April worries me zero, but the concept does. They think that in football the big clubs have to rule… there is a lot of selfishness there.

“It is true that they are big, but where have they become big? Competing against Osasuna, Betis… and they can’t put them aside now.

“It would mean, to the Spanish League, losing about €1.2billion. The leagues are united, even the Premier.”

While the owners of the Premier League clubs involved apologised for their part in the proposals, Real president Florentino Perez, who was made chairman of the ESL, and Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli, who was made vice-chairman, haven’t backed down from their plans to try and revive the competition.

Perez said back in April: “If anyone thinks the Super League is dead, are they wrong? Absolutely.

“We’re going to keep working and what everyone thinks is for the best will emerge. The project is on standby. The Super League still exists.”

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