European Super League LIVE: Real Madrid vs Chelsea may be POSTPONED – Ceferin, Rangers and Celtic British Super League

CHELSEA'S Champions League tie with Real Madrid may be postponed, says Uefa President Aleksander Ceferin.

The Slovene is furious with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez and not shy of admitting it, making the comments in an interview in Slovenia.

Meanwhile the ill-fated Super League could make way for a British Super League with Rangers and Celtic.

SunSport can exclusively reveal that an offer to the Old Firm to join is top of the list of plans being actively discussed for reform of the Premier League.

That means they would join Man Utd, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and all the biggest English stars for what would be a massive change to the UK sporting landscape.

Follow ALL of the latest updates below from this developing story…

  • Josh Graham

    HAAL OR NOTHING

    Manchester United’s hopes of signing Erling Haaland this summer have been hit after Borussia Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc insisted their star man will stay.

    Just hours after United’s humiliating European Super League about-turn, they have been handed another hammer blow.

    Dortmund chief Michael Zorc says that the 20-year-old striker won’t be moving anywhere – even if the Germans miss out on Champions League qualification.

    Speaking to Sky Germany, Zorc said: “We made a clear statement about the Haaland cause.

    “The decision will not be made without Borussia Dortmund. No matter where we end up, Erling will continue to play for us.”

  • Josh Graham

    FAN FURY

    Manchester United fans today broke into the club’s training complex to protest against the failed European Super League project – armed with a banner which read ‘We decide when you play’.

    Around 20 furious supporters targeted the Aon training complex in Carrington this morning – just hours before the first team squad were due in for training.

    A Manchester United spokesman addressed the situation, confirming that boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had spoken to protesters: “At approximately 9am this morning a group gained access to the club training ground.

    “The manager and others spoke to them. Buildings were secure and the group has now left the site.”

    Michael Carrick and Darren Fletcher are also understood to have spoken to fans.

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    Credit: Twitter @RedIssue
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  • Josh Graham

    FOR REAL?

    Real Madrid chief and Super League chairman Florentino Perez slammed Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin's claims next week's Champions League semi-final against Chelsea could be called OFF.

    Ceferin said there was a 'relatively small chance' the game may not take place in wake of the Super League scandal.

    But Perez snapped back at the claims.

    He said: "Why Ceferin says that there is a small chance that Real Madrid – Chelsea won't be played?

    "Why? I don't understand."

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  • Josh Graham

    GAME OFF?

    Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin hinted Chelsea's Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid may be called OFF.

    The football world is reeling in the wake of the rise and fall of the Super League this week.

    And Ceferin told Slovenian outlet 24ur.com: "The key is that the season has already started, the key is for the television to claim damages against us if we don't play the semi-finals.

    "Therefore, there is a relatively small chance that this match will not take place next week. But it will be a little different in the future."

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  • Josh Graham

    GLAZED OVER

    Manchester United fans have BLOCKED both entrances to the club's Carrington training complex as they protest against the Glazers.

    The American owners have had an uneasy relationship with the supporters for years, with debts having mounted and Old Trafford being allowed to rust.

    And the Super League debacle has sparked a fresh wave of discontent.

    Chelsea fans barricaded stars from entering Stamford Bridge prior to their match with Brighton on Wednesday night.

    And United supporters have followed suit, blocking the entrance to the Red Devils' AON Training Complex at Carrington.

    Banners featured the slogans 'Glazers Out' and '51& MUFC', likely advocating for Germany's 50+1 fan ownership rule.

    Fans holding up signs of protest made it onto the first team training pitch.

  • Josh Graham

    JESSE'S BATTLE

    An emotional Jesse Lingard has admitted he struggled to deal with his mum's depression and was forced to seek help from Manchester United doctors during his darkest days.

    The resurgent England ace, 28, has opened up about his mum's mental health battle in a brutally honest interview, admitting it affected him on and off the pitch.

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    Speaking to new YouTube show Presenting, Lingard admitted: "When you're young, seeing your mum going through something like that, you don't understand it logically.

    "You don't know what she's going through. She'd say 'I'm depressed, I'm depressed'.

    "But me, as a kid, you don't know what that means. You're just going out, playing out, playing football, doing your thing.

    "But mum was in bed most of the time, curtains closed, she's going through it. This is when I was young, like 12.

    "It feels like you're not the same person, I feel like I wasn't Jesse Lingard. Even in football matches, I felt like the game was just passing me by, like I just didn't want to be there – it was crazy.

    "I could see myself playing but watching the game back I just think that's not me, that's not how I play."

  • Josh Graham

    MAUR FOR MOUR

    Tottenham have made contact with former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri to take over from Jose Mourinho, according to reports.

    Mourinho, 58, was sacked by Spurs just six days before the Carabao Cup final in a shock move on Monday.

    Academy product Ryan Mason, 29, has been put in charge until the end of the season, becoming the youngest manager in Premier League history and won his first game 2-1 agains Southampton last night.

    RB Leipzig chief Julian Nagelsmann is the early favourite to take charge in North London on a permanent basis.

    But Football Italia claim Spurs are making a move to bring ex-Chelsea chief Sarri, 62, back to the capital.

    It's said Daniel Levy and Co have reached out to Sarri's representative Fali Ramadani to offer him the job from the summer.

    The Italian boss has been out of work since being sacked by Juventus in August following yet another underwhelming Champions League campaign in which they were KO'd by Lyon in the last-16.

  • Josh Graham

    VENK VENT

    Contrite Arsenal have reportedly issued personal apologies to Premier League rivals and the squad over the European Super League.

    The Gunners, sat ninth in the table, signed up to the doomed plot that would have seen them guaranteed a spot in the competition designed to supersede the existing Champions League.

    Despite pulling out and apologising on Tuesday, a considerable backlash is nevertheless ongoing with Arsenal one of the six Prem teams to have signed up now fearing backfire in the boardroom.

    According to the Telegraph, chief executive Vinai Venkatesham held 'awkward' phone calls with the other 14 top-flight sides to apologise for the club's actions.

    Furthermore, the Mirror reports on Venkatesham apologising to the first-team squad.

    Arsenal chief exec Vinai VenkateshamCredit: Getty
  • Josh Graham

    EU OWE US

    Shamed Super League rebels are staring at potential damages claims running into millions after ducking out in the face of public anger.

    But the Premier League Big Six will not be hit with truly eye-dropping fines that would have been due if they had pulled out AFTER the now dumped competition had begun.

    According to leaked documents, the breakaway 12 'Founding Clubs' had signed up to punitive exit clauses.

    They added up to hundreds of millions of pounds once the money required to fund the scheme had been raised. US investment giant JP Morgan had been behind the £4.6billion scheme.

    But it is believed the actual source of that money was still being put together when the plug was pulled by all six English sides on Tuesday.

    The clubs would also have been mandated to pay back their shares of the initial £3bn up front payments that were promised as part of the deal.

    But while the withdrawals came within 48 hours of the official league launch, the clubs still entered into binding contracts to join.

  • Josh Graham

    BRIT OR MISS?

    Football fans remain torn over sensational plans to include Rangers and Celtic into a British Super League.

    Just a day after the European Super League completely collapsed, SunSport exclusively revealed how the Premier League is planning a reform of its own.

    That includes bringing the two Glasgow giants into the frame which would be backed by Fifa, Uefa and the UK Government.

    It is believed all parties would give it the green light with Celtic and Rangers eager to bolster their bank balance.

    And the rest of the SPL would also be eager to give them a shot of winning the title and qualifying for the Champions League.

    Fans have taken to social media in their droves to have their say and it's causing a fiery debate.

     

  • Josh Graham

    GOURN THEN

    Chelsea are chasing highly-rated Saint-Etienne teenager Lucas Gourna-Douath, according to reports.

    The French wonderkid has impressed this season for Claude Puel's cash-strapped side.

    And with Les Verts needing to raise funds this summer, their latest hot prospect could be sold for around £22million.

    According to Goal, Gourna-Douath has attracted interest from Stamford Bridge – but the Blues will face stern competition for his signature.

    Paris Saint-Germain, RB Leipzig and AC Milan are also keen on the 17-year-old.

    Gourna-Douath was handed his Saint-Etienne debut by Puel back in September and hasn't looked back – becoming a regular in the Frenchman's matchday squad.

    But with Ligue 1 clubs outside of PSG struggling due to the collapse of their TV deal with Mediapro, as well as the Covid-19 pandemic – Gourna-Douath is set to become the latest Saint-Etienne youngester to be sold.

  • Josh Graham

    RON IDEA

    Talk of a Real Madrid return for Cristiano Ronaldo has been generated by the player's entourage, Florentino Perez has claimed.

    The club president has insisted that the iconic winger will not be returning to the Bernabeu – and in any case big signings may be off the table following the collapse of the European Super League.

    Financial problems and Juventus' poor Champions League record had been used to explain a potential summer exit for Ronaldo, 36.

    Los Blancos were one club linked having sensationally sold the player back in 2018.

    But Real chief Perez, 74, has dismissed the rumours and pinned them on Ronaldo's camp.

    He told El Larguero: "The rumours of Cristiano Ronaldo's return to Madrid are just rumours from his entourage.

    "There is nothing."

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  • Alex Terrell

    HOW WOULD A US-STYLE PLAY-OFF SYSTEM WORK?

    An end-of-season play-off is one of the systems being discussed to increase interest in the competition.

    It would be very easy to put into place, with a two-legged semi-final with first against fourth and playing the second leg at home, followed by a probable one-off Grand final.

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  • Alex Terrell

    HOW WOULD A BRITISH SUPER LEAGUE WORK?

    While the details are yet to emerge, the plan would see an invitation to Rangers and Celtic to leave the SPFL and join the Premier League.

    Some of the proposers would accept a short-term extension of the Premier League as it is now, while others are already pushing for 18 clubs in the top flight.

    But with 14 clubs needed to approve, including those in danger of relegation, there would be rucks – and turkeys don't vote for Christmas.

  • Marc Mayo

    GOOD MORNING FOOTY FANS

    The fallout from the failed European Super League coup continued yesterday with Man Utd owner Joel Glazer penning a letter of apology to fans.

    He admitted Big Six owners ‘got it wrong’ and that it will ‘take time for scars to heal’.

    Chelsea Supporters’ Trust also demanded that chairman Bruce Buck and chief executive Guy Laurence resign over their roles in the 48-hour farce.

    And Spurs supporters called on Daniel Levy to quit as they descended on north London ahead of Ryan Mason’s debut 2-1 win over Southampton.

    Man City also kept their title charge on track by beating Aston Villa 2-1, with both sides reduced to 10 men.

    Meanwhile, SunSport can exclusively reveal Celtic and Rangers are wanted to join a BRITISH League as part of the fall-out of the failed Euro breakaway plot.

    One club source said: “Whether or not the Super League was going to happen, we all feel that the Premier League has to be changed and improved.

    “It is time we opened it up to Rangers and Celtic. That would make sense for everyone.”

    Finally, SunSport can exclusively tell you that Bruno Fernandes will commit himself to Manchester United — but only if Paul Pogba does the same.

    Fernandes sees Pogba’s future as key if United are going to make up the gap to Manchester City, with the Frenchman out of contract in 2022.

    Now Fernandes wants assurances over Pogba’s future as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer plans for an assault on the title next season.

  • sstreet

    GREAT SCOT

    Rangers and Celtic's rivals are thought likely to back their departure for a British Super League.

    These clubs are said to feel that the Old Firm's departure would allow them to win the title and have a shot at qualifying for the revamped Champions League.

    Meanwhile a Premier League club source told SunSport: “Whether or not the Super League was going to happen, we all feel that the Premier League has to be changed and improved.

    “It is time we opened it up to Rangers and Celtic. That would make sense for everyone.”

  • sstreet

    NEW FIRM

    Executives at the Premier League's top six are keen on an 18-team Premier League, in addition to inviting Celtic and Rangers, writes Martin Lipton.

    A club chief told SunSport: “We have never wavered from the belief that 18 clubs is the only sensible way forward.

    “It is also what Uefa, Fifa and the European Club Association have long called for.”

    However that proposal would likely face stiff resistance from the 14 clubs who teamed up to block the top six's Super League plans.

    The Premier League would also be interested in introducing an MLS-style playoff system for the British Super League.

  • Anthony Chapman

    EXCLUSIVE BY NEIL CUSTIS AND RICHARD MORIARTY

    Bruno Fernandes will commit himself to Manchester United — but only if Paul Pogba does the same.

    Fernandes sees Pogba’s future as key if United are going to make up the gap to Manchester City, with the Frenchman out of contract in 2022.

    SunSport revealed on March 10 how the club had approached Fernandes over a new double-your-money five-year contract worth £200,000 a week.

    But he did not want to enter talks until he saw the club’s ambition in the transfer market this summer, with Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho targets.

    Now he wants assurances over Pogba’s future too as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer plans for an assault on the title next season.

    Bruno Fernandes is waiting to see if Paul Pogba stays at Man Utd before committing himself
  • Anthony Chapman

    EXCLUSIVE BY MARTIN LIPTON

    Celtic and Rangers are wanted to join a BRITISH League as part of the fall-out of the failed Euro breakaway plot.

    While the Big Six led the humiliating retreat from the Super League debacle, they remain convinced that reform of the Prem is essential.

    Top of the list of plans being actively discussed is an offer to the two Glasgow giants to come south of Hadrian’s Wall.

    Celtic and Rangers would jump at the chance to take a slice of the Prem cake, while their inclusion would also see a spike in interest from fans across the world, sponsors and broadcasters.

    One club source said: “Whether or not the Super League was going to happen, we all feel that the Premier League has to be changed and improved.

    “It is time we opened it up to Rangers and Celtic. That would make sense for everyone.”

    Celtic and Rangers are being lined up to join a British league
  • Anthony Chapman

    FROM SUNSPORT’S KEN LAWRENCE

    Furious fans have refused to accept grovelling European Super League apologies from the billionaire American owners of Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal.

    Powerful supporters group Spirit of Shankly blasted: “These crocodile tears will not wash.

    “We have always asked for honesty, integrity and transparency from club owners FSG, but the arrogance and deception they have shown behind this money-grab is frightening, but not surprising.

    “We have noted John W Henry’s apology, but this PR exercise is too little, too late.

    “Our owners have thrown everyone under the bus, supporters, manager, players and staff, and humiliated themselves through sheer greed and arrogance.

    “This debacle must be a catalyst for real change, not an exercise in damage limitation.

    “We need a fundamental change in football governance, one that is fair for the whole football pyramid, not just the rapacious elite.”

    Football fans have rejected apologies from American owners including John W Henry
  • Anthony Chapman

    ASTON VILLA 1 MAN CITY 2

    Pep Guardiola's men are closing in on the Premier League title after a narrow 2-1 win at Villa Park.

    John McGinn put the hosts ahead with just 20 seconds on the clock in dramatic scenes.

    Phil Foden and Rodri then scored to put City 2-1 up before John Stones was sent off in the 44th minute.

    However, Villa failed to capitalise as Matty Cash saw red in the 57th minute, allowing City to hold on for the win.

  • Anthony Chapman

    RAPH AND READY

    Chelsea have reportedly joined Man Utd in the race for Raphael Varane.

    Bild claims the Real Madrid defender is on Thomas Tuchel’s shortlist as he approaches the final year of his contract.

    The Red Devils have been long-time fans of Varane, believed to be available for £50million.

    But Chelsea have now entered the running and are set to submit an enquiry for the World Cup winner.

    Chelsea will rival Man Utd for Raphael Varane
  • Anthony Chapman

    BILLY NO MORE

    FC Cologne have announced their iconic goat mascot has had to be put down.

    The legendary Hennes had been at every single home match for an 11-year period until 2019.

    Now he will be laid to rest after the Bundesliga side confirmed the sad news earlier.

  • Anthony Chapman

    ERL GREY

    Premier League target Erling Haaland is set to stay at Borussia Dortmund this summer.

    That's according to sporting director Michael Zorc.

    Haaland has been linked with Man United, Man City and Chelsea after another stunning season in Germany.

    But Zorc is confident Haaland is staying put regardless of whether Dortmund qualify for the Champions League.

    Zorc said: "No matter where we end up, Erling will continue to play with us."

    Borussia Dortmund are confident Erling Haaland will stay put this summer
  • Anthony Chapman

    EXCLUSIVE BY ANDY DILLON

    Mark Warburton is close to agreeing an improved new deal as a reward for reviving QPR this season.

    Warburton has lifted Rangers into eighth place in the Championship on one of the division's smallest budgets.

    He is also credited with the development of players such as keeper Timothy Dieng, Lyndon Dykes and winger Eberechi Eze who was sold to Crystal Palace last year for £20 million.

    Talks have been ongoing between Warburton and the club for some time and he is expected to sign new terms shortly.

    He has been at QPR since May 2019 on a rolling one-year deal and is now set to pick up a pay rise as a sign of the club's appreciation of his work and to cement his future there.

    Warburton had been linked with the vacant England Under-21 job recently but declared he is happy at QPR.

    Mark Warburton is set for a new QPR contract

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