European giants could launch Super League in 2021 according to Football Leaks

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The competition would bring together 16 teams, "on one side, 11 founders: Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, PSG, AC Milan, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal".

The Bundesliga champions have also denied that they have taken part in negotiations to form a new European Super League, claims which were also made in the German publication following information they received from Football Leaks.

In the documents released there are several details about 16 clubs who have been talking about the idea secretly, and according to one of the more recent documents there is a growing sense for this to happen with clubs being asked to sign a document. "We would absolutely oppose this on the basis that it would threaten the culture of sport in England".

Jurgen Klopp has joked he would be keen on the idea of a European Super League, saying it would mean "a lot less games and much more money".

A further five clubs - Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Marseille, Intern Milan and Roma would be "initial guests".

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This document detailed in a 13-page "binding preliminary agreement" aimed at creating a European Super League, starting in 2021, for a period of twenty years. Both Bayern and Rummenigge issued a strenuous denial on Friday. 'The vote in favour of the reform agreed between UEFA and the ECA was unanimous.' Neither he nor FC Bayern Munich have ever acted to the detriment of the ECA, Rummenigge stated.

The documents obtained by Der Spiegel allege that this would allow the new league to avoid running afoul of European law by not closing off the competition entirely.

"I'm confused about the coverage", Bayern chairman Rummenigge, who is also honorary chairman of the European Club Association (ECA), told Sky.

The supposed reasoning behind it was that a number of the biggest clubs felt that UEFA owed them more money and more money, and if they weren't given it, they would start their own league.

Football still has a greater appeal worldwide, however, as the Champions League is the most-watched sporting event in the world each year - more so than the Super Bowl.

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