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'European Super League will be reality in 10 years,' says Wenger

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London, Aug 18(ANI): Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes that the idea of a European Super League could be a reality in 10 years' time, as he felt that the growing number of clubs could not be accomodated by the Champions League alone.

Wenger said that he has nothing against Europe's elite competition in its current format, but he envisaged a time when a more exclusive trophy could be on offer.

"I see more a European league developing over time rather than one team going out of the country. The national leagues will survive, but maybe in 10 years, you will have a European league," The Guardian quoted Wenger, as saying.

"I'm not sure 100 percent that I'm right, but I feel inside our game there are some voices behind the scenes coming up to do something about that, especially if the rules become too restrictive for these clubs," he added.

The 59-year-old further said that he believes only in sporting merit, therefore if a championship is constructed it should be on a system of merit, rather than wealth.

"If such a league is created, it has to be by transfers up and down, although that is practically very difficult to resolve and we do not want to kill the national leagues. Teams would have to play in both the European league in midweek and the national league at the weekend. It means all these teams have two teams," Wenger said. (ANI)

Story first published: Tuesday, August 18, 2009, 14:12 [IST]
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