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FIFA’s Gianni Infantino speaks out on radical plans that could impact Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has distanced himself from talk of a European Premier League.

Reports emerged earlier this week of a potential breakaway competition involving Manchester United, Liverpool and other Premier League clubs facing other European giants.

Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur have all been linked with the proposed competition, too.

The competition was said to have had FIFA’s backing, with investment bank JP Morgan reportedly ready to provide £4.6 billion worth of funding for the project.

Yet it was roundly condemned, with UEFA hitting out at a competition they argued would ‘inevitably become boring’ after claims it could have usurped the Champions League as Europe’s premier club competition.

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Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has already played down talks of a breakaway forming and now Infantino has echoed those comments.

The FIFA president argued that he is more interested in the new-look Club World Cup – which had been due to take place in China in the summer of 2021 before being postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus – than he is about solely focusing about clubs on Europe.

“As FIFA president, I’m interested in the Club World Cup, not the Super League,” said Infantino.

“For me, it’s not about Bayern Munich against Liverpool, but Bayern against Boca Juniors.”

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He added: “Liverpool have 180 million fans worldwide. Flamengo have 40 million fans and 39 million of them are in Brazil. Liverpool have maybe five million fans in England and 175 million fans around the world.

“I want clubs from outside Europe to have global appeal in the future.

“That’s my vision: to have 50 clubs and 50 national teams who can become world champions.”

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