Saudi Teams In UCL? Director Of Football Responds!
RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA – AUGUST 18: (L) Sadio Mane from Al Nassr FC and (R) Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro from Al Nassr FC during the Saudi Pro League football match between Al-Nassr and Al-Taawon at Al Awwal Park at King Saud University on August 18, 2023 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Adam Nurkiewicz/Getty Images)
Saudi Pro League director of football Michael Emenalo has responded to claims that Saudi teams could look to play in the UEFA Champions League in the future.
There has been a lot of talk about the Saudi Pro League looking to compete with their European counterparts, after poaching a number of their high-profile footballers.
Read: Neymar Fires Dig At Ligue 1 After Saudi Switch
The likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Karim Benzema, Sadio Mane and many have made the switch to the big-money Saudi like over the last few months.
Despite getting all the big-names this season, Emenalo was quick to rubbish claims about competing in Europe’s premier club competition.
“No, I don’t know where that’s coming from,” Emenalo said, as per talkSPORT.
“I think that’s somebody just taking a dreaming leap into a farfetched future, our goal is to take quality baby steps.
“The first step is to stabilise our league, make it very entertaining for our fans and in so doing endear fans around the world into what we’re doing, and that’s how we hope to integrate world football.
“That’s not something that I have been privy to, even as part of a discussion or a plan.”
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