Seven clubs held secret talks about forming a European Super League

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Top European clubs have reportedly held secret talks to create a European Super League.

Reliable German newspaper Der Spiegel claim they obtained the documents from the founder of Football Leaks.

"We have very good sources and a strong network that provides us with a lot of information," the Football Leaks founder told Der Spiegel.

As per the explosive report, the breakaway league could be created in 2021.

The clubs involved are reportedly considering leaving their national leagues and football associations entirely.

Massive changes could be afoot in the not-too-distant future.

And, according to the report, there's a group of clubs spearheading the operation.

The seven European clubs

Seven clubs went behind UEFA's back to discuss forming a European Super League - and four more clubs are expected to be included as part of the 11 "founders".

Real Madrid, AC Milan, Arsenal, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus and Manchester United were the seven teams who held secret talks.


Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Paris St-Germain would reportedly join the seven "founders".

These 11 teams would not face relegation and would be guaranteed membership for 20 years

Der Spiegel says it has seen a "binding term sheet" which 16 clubs would sign to form the Super League.

The five "initial guests", according to the document, would be Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Inter Milan, Marseille and Roma.

Spurs would be the only club from England's top six to be overlooked.


Bayern Munich were reportedly tasked with exploring the legal complexities of the breakaway.

Man United, Man City and Liverpool all declined to comment on the Der Spiegel report while Bayern Munich released a statement saying they were "unaware of recent plans for a so-called Super League" and had not "taken part in negotiations relating to such plans".

The club's chairman added: "FC Bayern Munich stands by its membership of the Bundesliga and, as long as I am chairman of the board of FC Bayern, also by the club competitions organised jointly by Uefa and the ECA (European Club Association)."

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