Ozil left Arsenal to join Fenerbahce in January (Picture: Getty)Mesut Ozil believes the European Super League poses a major threat to the prestige of the game, insisting big European fixtures will lose their credibility under the new format.
Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham are among the 12 clubs who have agreed to join the new league format which will rival Uefa’s Champions League.
Uefa, in a joint statement with the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A, blasted the plans on Sunday evening and could take legal action over the proposals – insisting players involved could be banned from domestic competition and barred from representing their national teams.
The Super League would see 20 teams split into two groups of 10, with each team playing each other home and away in midweek fixtures with the top three sides qualifying for the knockout stages, along with two more sides determined by a play-off.
The format promises European heavyweights squaring off virtually every week, an idea that doesn’t sound too appealing too Ozil.
Arsenal among the 12 ‘founding clubs’ (Picture: Getty)‘Kids grow up dreaming to win the World Cup and the Champions League – not any Super League,’ Ozil wrote on Twitter.
Kids grow up dreaming to win the World Cup and the Champions League – not any Super League. The enjoyment of big games is that they only happen once or twice a year, not every week. Really hard to understand for all football fans out there…â½ð— Mesut Ãzil (@MesutOzil1088) April 19, 2021
‘The enjoyment of big games is that they only happen once or twice a year, not every week.
‘Really hard to understand for all football fans out there…’
More: Manchester United FC
The Premier League clubs involved will join AC Milan, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus and Real Madrid.
Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund will not be joining the breakaway league, according to a statement released by the latter, while Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Ander Herrera became one of the first players to hit out at the proposals on Monday morning.
Porto meanwhile have rejected an invitation to join.
MORE : European Super League: Why has it been created? Which clubs have signed up?
MORE : ‘Football has to stay united’ – Arsene Wenger speaks out on European Super League plans
Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
For more stories like this, check our sport page.