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Premier League boss Scudamore backs China as potential rivals

English Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore believes the Chinese Super League can potentially become rivals. Scudamore, who is in China for the Barclays Asia Trophy, is confident that with the right knowledge and expertise, China's domestic competition can one day rival the EPL.

"The Premier League recognises that the development of the game in China is critical to football's future as the world's sport of choice," Scudamore wrote in the programme issued for the current Asia Trophy, which features West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur and Hull City as well as local team Beijing Guoan.

"We are in Beijing to pass on some of our knowledge and expertise, not only in running a successful competition that has grown to be internationally renowned, but in other areas of the game too," Scudamore continued.

"It is these building blocks, together with the drive and ambition of the Beijing Football Association, which, in the future, could see China rival England as one of the world's footballing powers and the Chinese Super League competing with the Premier League."

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