Real Madrid will not play US matches – president Florentino Perez

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has ruled out his club agreeing to play a Spanish league match abroad despite La Liga’s ambitions.

The long-serving Perez confirmed he ‘strongly opposes’ the plans from La Liga, which would take league games away from Spain and played abroad.

“I will make this clear, we will not go to the United States,” Perez told club members, as cited by Diario AS.

“I do not know who is interested and motivated by this idea, but it certainly is not the fans and the clubs. That is why we strongly oppose these plans.”

The Spanish FA and FIFA have also spoken out against such plans, which appear to veto the move in the short-term at least.

La Liga signed a 15-year agreement with US company Relevent Sports to take matches to North America, but several other organisations and clubs must also agree to the plans.

Girona’s league clash with Barcelona, scheduled for late January, had been pencilled in for a first match abroad but the possibility of this now looks slim.

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