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Napoli president proposes that the European Super League ‘replaces’, which will include Manchester United and Man City

Napoli president proposes that the European Super League ‘replaces’, which will include Manchester United and Man City

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has claimed he is working on a new £ 8.5 billion proposal to change the format of European football.

De Laurentiis – known as ‘ADL’ in Italy – is a prominent film producer and has been the owner and chairman of Naples since 2004. He believes that the promise of European competition has forced clubs to spend too much on staying competitive, a model , which is unsustainable and threatening to clubs throughout the pyramid.

He disagreed with the proposals of the European Super League – which was dropped in April – based on the premise that senior clubs should be involved without having earned a place and would ensure that any European league under his management would be the subject of the club’s performance. .

“The system no longer works,” De Laurentiis argued in an interview with Sportsmail. “Champions and the Europa League do not generate sufficient revenue for clubs to justify participation in it.

“To be competitive, you need more top-class players. That means you have to spend more money and the prize money from the European competitions does not take that into account.

“That’s why the clubs need to talk to each other to come up with a more modern and lucrative tournament for everyone in it.

“We need to reduce the number of matches by reducing the size of the top divisions across Europe. We are also creating a European league with a democratic entry system, based on what teams achieve in their home competitions. I have researched a project ready to bring 10 billion euros to the European game, but we need will and total independence. “

The 72-year-old bought Napoli in 2004 when the historic club was in the third division of Italian football and was in danger of liquidation. Since then, Napoli have established themselves as true title rivals in Serie A, coming closest in the 2017/18 season, driven by the goals of Dries Mertens.

However, the Belgian could not lift them over Juventus. The Old Lady had dominated Italian football for a decade until Inter Milan reached the summit for the first time last campaign since winning the treble under Jose Mourinho in 2010.

De Laurentiis has expressed his desire for the Italians to ‘learn from’ English football, but has the same fears as Super League boss Florentino Perez that young people are not interested in football. The Real Madrid president’s statement sparked a major backlash in Britain, with thousands of football fans – including Manchester United and Man City – protesting against his bold plans to reform European football.

“If we do not change the rules of the game and make it a better play, young people will abandon us and football will no longer be the central part of our lives,” De Laurentiis added. “My research tells me that people between the ages of eight and 25 have stopped watching football and prefer to play with smartphones – they have totally transformed our children.

“I’m not saying that the habit of watching live football in a stadium will die, but now we have the ‘virtual stadium’ that can attract billions of people to play matches against each other.

“Who knows if we will succeed in getting them back on track for the greatest and most influential sport in the world?”

He suggested that top divisions in Europe should be cut down to fewer teams as too many matches are played for the biggest clubs with the domestic league and cup competitions on top of European commitments.

“We have to reduce the number of matches by reducing the size of the top divisions across Europe. We are also creating a European league with a democratic entry system, based on what the teams achieve in their home competitions.

“I have examined a project that is ready to bring 10 billion euros to the European game, but we need will and total independence.”

If these proposals were to be given the green light by Europe’s biggest clubs, there would undoubtedly be a seismic shake-up of the pyramid in English football.

It is unclear how many teams he would propose to cut from the Premier League. Still, it would have a devastating effect on the integrity of a pyramid proud of competition and the right of all professional clubs to reach the first division. City and United withdrew from the Super League under considerable pressure from their fan bases and the British public. It remains to be seen whether these proposals will provoke a similar reaction.

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