Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has revealed English club Manchester City were never interested in joining the European Super League.
The plan to set up the league collapsed a day after the official launch, after six English clubs, as well as Atletico Madrid and Barcelona, decided to withdraw following protests from fans, pundits, and other stakeholders.
Perez, who was to assume the role of chairman in the new league, was critical of the English clubs for their withdrawal, particularly Man City.
"Someone in the English group was not that interested and that was contagious, others showed fear and backed off," he said while speaking to Spanish radio station El Larguero.
When pressed further on whether that club was Man City, Perez failed to confirm, before commenting; "They were never interested."
He however said the Super League is far from dead, suggesting they could change the format.
"The European Super League has not dissolved," he said. "Juventus, Milan, have not left. Barcelona is reflecting on it. We could consider the top four clubs in each league. The target is to have more interesting games.
"The Super League is not dead, we'll continue working on this project. Now it's on stand-by,"
Despite the clubs publicly indicating they had withdrawn from the new league, Perez insisted they had not paid penalties as indicated in the binding documents they signed.