Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has claimed there was one Premier League club who signed up for the European Super League but was never really convinced of it, and that it started to affect the other English clubs, who all ultimately pulled out of the competition following intense backlash from fans, players, coaches and pundits alike.
12 of Europe's top clubs had joined hands to form the Super League, which was announced late on Sunday night, but now appears dead in the water after nine of the founding members - including the Premier League's 'Big Six' - withdrew from it.
When asked about English club's pulling of the Super League, Perez claimed that the reluctance of one of the Premier League clubs affected the other five. "There was someone in the English six clubs who did not have much interest. That started to affect the others, there was fear. One of the English clubs was never really convinced," Perez, who had been appointed the chairman of the Super League, said in an interview with El Laguero.
Although Perez did not name that English side, The Guardian reports that club is understood to be Manchester City, who were the first team to officially pull out of the ESL.
Perez also insisted there is 'no other solution' than the Super League unless 'somebody invents something else'. "The English clubs tried to do something, but they were being told they were killing football. But there is no other solution, than the Super League. Or somebody invents something else," the Real Madrid president said.
"They are leaving due to UEFA putting on a show, which surprised me. I don't want to get into it with the UEFA president, but he needs to be able to talk. It was like we had thrown an atomic bomb. They did not let us explain, as they did not want anything to change."