Manchester United legend Eric Cantona is the latest former player to comment on the controversial European Super League.
Twelve clubs, including United, made the bombshell announcement on Sunday that they intend to break away and form their own competition. Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham have also signed up. Indeed, the big three in Spain and Italy make up the 12 “founding” members.
The new league has sparked uproar across the football world, with Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville both launching into the owners of Liverpool and United respectively. And Gunners great Ian Wright is equally unhappy with events at the Emirates.
Cantona took to Instagram on Monday evening to post a video sharing his thoughts on the matter, saying that fans were the “most important thing in football” and their views should be taken into account.
“I would like to say something about the European Super League,” the Frenchman said.
“Since one year we have seen games on TV with the best clubs in the world and the best players in the world, and it was so boring, and it’s still so boring, because the fans are not there – the fans singing, jumping, supporting their teams.
“The fans are the most important thing in football. They have to be respected.
“Did these big clubs ask the fans what they thought about this idea? No, unfortunately, and that’s a shame.”
Cavani on the move
Multiple reports in South America are suggesting Edinson Cavani has already told Manchester United that he will be leaving the club at the end of the season.
The 34-year-old penned a one-year deal at Old Trafford on October 5 last year. There was an option for the Uruguay international to extend his stay for another year if all parties agreed. It seemed as though the Red Devils were keen for that to happen. But recent rumours that he was set to end his Manchester adventure and head to South America appear to be true.
Uruguayan TV station Punto Penal (via The Mirror) are reporting that the former Paris Saint-Germain ace will leave Europe. He has been tipped to join Argentine club Boca Juniors.
And a news outlet from that nation are insistent the forward will soon be back on his home continent. Doble Amarilla claim Cavani spoke to United’s management after Sunday’s 3-1 triumph over Burnley.
They state that a desire to be closer to his family has driven the decision to leave United. The report adds that the player has expressed his gratitude to United for the way he has been treated.