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Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane dodges questions over European Super League


Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane was questioned about the European Super League ahead of tomorrow’s match against Cadiz (Picture: Getty)

Zinedine Zidane has refused to give his view on the European Super League controversy that has sent shock-waves through world football.

Six Premier League clubs – Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City – have signed up to a new competition, which is also set to include Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, as well as Inter Milan, Juventus and AC Milan from Italy.

The breakaway tournament would see the establishment of a ‘closed league’, without the threat of relegation for the 12 founding members.

Real president Florentino Perez is one of the driving forces behind an idea that has been almost universally criticised since the news broke on Sunday evening.

Perez attempted to explain the rationale behind the creation of Super League on Monday, claiming there was a need to revive the interest of a lost generation of young football fans who were more interested in computer games.

Florentino Perez is one of the driving forces behind the European Super League (Picture: Getty)

‘Football has to evolve,’ he said. ‘It is losing interest. We have to think why 16-24-year-olds are losing interest. There are bad quality matches and other platforms for entertainment. We have to make it more attractive. It is not something for the rich. We do this to save football.

‘The money goes to everyone, it is a pyramid. If those above have money, it trickles down. There are 15 teams that generate value and five will enter on sporting merit. It is not closed. It is open. We have never thought of a closed league.’

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp spoke at length about the new proposals last night, but when invited to give his views ahead of tomorrow’s La Liga match against Cadiz, Zidane refused to engage with reporters.

‘That’s a question for one person, the president,’ the Frenchman said at his pre-match press conference. ‘I’m here for the game tomorrow. Everyone has their opinion but I’m not here to talk about that. I’ll about the game tomorrow, the league, the Champions League, the rest isn’t my job

‘I won’t give you my opinion. I understand, you can say I don’t say what I think, I don’t say anything, and it’s true… But why? Because my job, what I’m doing, that’s what I enjoy. The rest, pffff… what good does it do?’


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