Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has become the latest high-profile footballer to criticise plans for the new Super League.
The Citizens were one of 12 sides from England, Spain and Italy who announced on Sunday that they were starting a new European competition to compete with the Champions League, in which they would play every season and could never be relegated.
However, an immense backlash from across the game has caused City and other clubs to start the process of withdrawing from the Super League – and several major figures from the teams involved have criticised the plans, including De Bruyne.
In a statement on his Twitter account, De Bruyne said:
“This man comes from a little town out of Belgium, dreaming of playing at the highest stage possible.
“I’ve represented the Belgian, German and English leagues, and also proudly represented my country. I have worked and competed against everybody trying to win the ultimate.
“But the most important word in this is COMPETING. With all events that have been happening the last few days maybe this is the good moment for everybody to come together and try to work for a solution.
“We know this is a big business and I know I am part of this business, but still I am a little boy who just loves to play football.
“It’s not about a certain entity in this case, it’s about football over the whole world. Let’s keep inspiring the next generation of footballers and keep the fans dreaming.”