Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has questioned why English teams would want to participate in a proposed Super League.
The idea of a European Super League has been discussed for a while now. It would be a move away from the traditional Champions League setup, and this proposed change has proven to be fairly controversial.
It was reported recently that the European Clubs' Association have proposed the idea of turning the Champions League group stage into a 32-team league which would see each team play ten games against ten different opponents.
The top eight would qualify automatically for the knockout stages, while the next 16 would head to a two-legged playoff as they attempt to secure their place in the next phase of the competition. However, the report does note that all 20 teams in the Premier League are united in that they do not wish to see things change.
Former United manager Ferguson has now questioned why any English clubs would be interested in the proposed competition.
"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," he told the BBC.
"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.
The 77-year-old went on to express further concerns over the plans to introduce a Super League, adding: "A lot of clubs with great history could be lost if their partners in the Premier League upped sticks. I strongly believe this is a realistic appraisal of the value of domestic football."
The BBC's report notes that there is no rush to make a decision, but that there is merit in the proposals and that they could be used as 'a template that can be amended slightly'.