Chelsea’s possible involvement in the hotly debated formation of a European Super League could be out of a ‘desire not to be left behind’, according to The Athletic.
The footballing community was rocked after it was announced that 12 clubs from across the continent had agreed to form a new and exclusive competition.
Three of the most powerful clubs from Italy (Inter Milan, AC Milan and Juventus) and Spain (Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid) will come to together in partnership with the Premier League’s ‘Big Six’.
Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea are the names from England championing this movement.
However, sources from The Athletic claim that Chelsea and City’s inclusion is ‘more out of a desire not to be left behind, than a fervent desire to lead the charge.’
All of the teams immersed in this creation would not compete in UEFA tournaments such as the Champions League if the plan comes to light.
They will reportedly also receive a large cash injection of €3.5 billion (£3 billion), as they build upon their already bolstered financial kingdoms.
It is set to shake the sporting structure, with many inside the game seriously against the development.