Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson has hit out a proposed global Super League that would see European sides leave their domestic competitions.
There are currently plans in place to expand the current Club World Cup to a 24-team competition to take place every four years starting in 2021.
However, according to the New York Times, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has been in talks with FIFA over the potential of a global competition of two, 20 team leagues, to rival the Club World Cup.
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While the talks are not believed to be concrete, Alex Ferguson has criticised the idea and any English sides involvement.
“I’ve read the report suggesting a World Super League for the elite clubs in Europe which would provide greater finances for the clubs,” Ferguson said.
“Without question it is money-orientated, but surely this would not be attractive to our clubs in the Premier League, which at the moment is the best domestic league in world football and is well-supported financially by Sky, BT and now Amazon.”
Ferguson, who won the Champions League on two separate occasions, believes Europe’s premiere competition should remain the pinnacle of club football.
“I struggle to see why an English team would need to leave. Furthermore, the attraction of playing in the Champions League is huge for players, coaches and fans alike, as it remains the ultimate test in club football,” he said.
“A lot of clubs with great history could be lost if their partners in Premier League upped sticks.
“I strongly believe this is a realistic appraisal of the value of domestic football.”