Reports on Wednesday claimed officials from Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United met with American billionaire Stephen Ross, the owner of Miami Dolphins NFL team, at a London hotel.
Ross’ organisation is behind the International Champions Cup series, which sees a number of Premier League teams take on other leading sides from across Europe in show-piece matches, often held as pre-season tournaments around the globe.
Photographs of club officials leaving a meeting at the Dorchester Hotel together prompted speculation that another attempt could be made to form a continental league competition.
But Press Association Sport understands the meeting was with Ross’ company, Relevent Sports, rather than the American himself and talks involved primarily the forthcoming International Champions Cup (ICC) and also, on the margins, changes to the Champions League format.
Any impetus for a breakaway European Super League is believed to come from mainland Europe due to the current strength of the Premier League.
An Arsenal spokesman, while confirming a meeting took place, told Press Association Sport: “We are strongly opposed to any breakaway.
“Not Arsenal, nor any clubs at the meeting, are seeking changes to the Premier League and European landscape and no conversations surrounding displacing the Premier League or starting a European Super League took place.
“Discussions were primarily around the ICC and formats of European competitions that would compliment the existing Premier League.”
Manchester United have not made any official comment on the meeting, but are understood to be comfortable with the existing landscape and fixture schedule, so much so that domestically they even support retaining FA Cup replays.
Liverpool attended after an invitation from a long-standing associate whose tournament they played in two years ago – they are likely to do so again this summer during their pre-season tour of the west coast of the United States – and it is understood the club remain strong supporters of the existing structure of European football.
A European Club Association (ECA) spokesperson, asked about the meeting, told Press Association Sport: “There’s a lot of discussion around the future of European competitions at the moment, as always ahead of a new competition cycle.
“Discussions are taking place at different levels, but, for the moment, nothing concrete was brought up at ECA.”
UEFA confirmed it had no concrete proposals on the table to change the format of its European competitions, but was constantly reviewing the situation.
A lucrative new broadcasting deal is set to kick in from the start of the 2016/2017 Premier League season, which will dwarf the current financial rewards on offer for a successful European campaign.
A UEFA spokesman told Press Association Sport: “We are constantly reviewing the formats of our competitions in consultations with stakeholders and also with the ECA.
“At the moment, there are no concrete proposals on the table. We have just gone into a new three-year cycle for Champions League and Europa League, so we cannot offer any further comment at this stage.”