Real Madrid and Super League president Florentino Perez claims all 12 clubs are still aboard the project and working on a new plan to reshape their plans, despite recent announcements.
It has been a turbulent week in European football after 12 clubs became founding members of a breakaway competition last Sunday before 10 of them pulled out within three days over intense criticism from fans and governing bodies.
The six Premier League clubs involved in the competition, including Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham, have all committed to withdraw from the competition altogether, despite reports of large fees to break away from the contract each of them signed last Saturday night.
In fact, Arsenal director Josh Kroenke has explicitly said that his family, which owns the club, will cover the cost of leaving the competition after he apologised to fans in a forum.
But Perez continues to suggest the clubs are locked into the competition, even suggesting they are still in discussions over how to reshape the project.
“I’m not going to explain now what a binding contract is… But the clubs can’t leave,” he told Diario AS. “Some of them, because of pressure, have had to say that they’re leaving.
“But this project or one like it will go forward, and I hope it’s soon.”
Asked whether JP Morgan Chase, the company who agreed to fund the competition before apologising and vowing to ‘learn’ from the incident, had pulled out, Perez added: “That’s not true, they haven’t either. They’ve taken some time for reflection, like the 12 clubs.”
Perez then claimed that Real Madrid, who spent more than £100million on Eden Hazard less than two years ago, suggesting Real Madrid can’t ‘compete against state-clubs’.
“We’ll have to make a stable competition, with strict FFP that works, not like now where you compete against state-clubs,” he said.
“Real Madrid only have 3 sources of income: tickets, TV, sponsors… you’ll have to tell me how Madrid, a members’ club, can compete against a state-club”