Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has refused to back down in his defence of the disastrous European Super League.
He insisted that anyone who thinks the project is dead is ‘completely wrong’.
Perez, who is also the president of the Super League, has come out swinging just 24 hours after the controversial project collapsed.
The project saw the Premier League’s ‘Big Six’ withdraw from £4.6bn scheme on Tuesday evening.
In an interview, Perez claimed a smear campaign was created to oppose the Super League after fierce backlash across Europe.
Claims were circulated that the midweek competition would get rid of domestic leagues were not true.
Perez also refuted that the 12 founding members of the project have not left yet given that they have signed a legally ‘binding contract’.
According to him, several English teams could still feature in the competition.
“I am a bit sad, disappointed,” he started.
“We have been working three years on this project, on fighting the current financial situation in Spanish football.”
“It is easy to understand – you cannot touch La Liga, so you look for more money midweek.”
“The leagues are sacred. What we can change is the midweek games.”
“The Champions League is obsolete – it’s only interesting from the quarter-finals onwards.”
“Among the 12 teams we lost €650million last season. This season two or three more times. This format clearly does not work.”
Despite the European Super League now looking dead in the water, Perez believes it can still happen.
He went on to say that several of the continent’s biggest clubs can still get involved.