Speaking in an exclusive interview on Spanish TV show El Chiringuito, Real Madrid president and chairman of the new breakaway European Super League, Florentino Pérez, discussed many topics surrounding the proposed idea.
On the Super League
The European Super League will not be a closed league.
On teams being kicked out of Champions League
Real Madrid will not be kicked out of the Champions League. Nor City, nor anyone else. It’s not going to happen. I don’t want to get into the legal reasons but it’s not going to happen. Legally it’s impossible.
On players potentially being banned from international competition
Every player can be calm because that’s not going to happen.
We haven’t invited PSG. At the moment there are 12 of us. There are 12 of us and we can go to 15.
On club losses
The biggest clubs in England, Italy and Spain have found a solution to the very difficult situation that football is experiencing.
On Real Madrid
Real Madrid in just two seasons have lost €400m and that’s just Real Madrid. When you only have income from television, you understand the solution is to create games that are more competitive and more attractive and that can be seen around the world.
On 12 clubs
All 12 clubs signed up for the Super League on Saturday.
On young demographic
Football has to evolve. 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. The Champions League is only attractive from the quarter-finals onwards. Young people aren’t interested.
On Zinedine Zidane
He’s the best coach we’ve ever had. A legend. He has a personality that is almost like mine, he can’t stand press conferences. He doesn’t say anything, but he’s happy.