Premier League chief Scudamore: No problem mega stars going to Spain

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore insists they do not need 'mega stars' to compete with the Spanish Liga.
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Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore insists they do not need 'mega stars' to compete with the Spanish Liga.

Former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez netted 31 league goals last term before leaving for Barcelona, but Scudamore rejected suggestions the Premier League cannot retain its top talents.

“We lost David Beckham as well, remember, we do often lose one or two,” said Scudamore, talking at the Premier League season launch.

Referring to Real Madrid and Barcelona, he added: “The truth of the matter is the Spanish system producing those two very wealthy clubs, because of the way they sell their individual television rights, have always had the economic power.

“It’s not just the way they sell their TV rights, it’s their political organisation and how they go about finding money they haven’t got.

“They do very well in terms of being able to pick off top talent, (Luis) Figo never came here, (Zinedine) Zidane didn’t come here either.

“We’ve not always had the absolute top name at any given time in world football, but we’ve got enough in the top 50 of the world’s best players.

“And we’ve certainly got eight of the world’s top 20 clubs, and that’s the most important thing for me - we’ve got 20 competitive clubs.

“Economically we’ve got 20 of the world’s top 50 clubs now, all our 20 are economically in the world’s top 50 clubs.

“And that to me is more important in many ways, that the matches are competitive.

“We’ve got enough stars, and we don’t need absolutely every world mega star name to make this a successful league.”

 
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