Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy admits he wants the club to take part in the controversial new expanded Club World Cup but can see the problems it could cause.
FIFA have decided upon controversial plans to expand the competition, which is currently held in Qatar in January and sees the champions of each continent going head to head to decide the world’s best team.
In the summer of 2021, China will host the first edition of the expanded Club World Cup, which will see it expanded from seven teams to 24 teams for the competition in June that year.
To be held every four years, it will feature eight European clubs, six teams from South America, three each from Africa, Asia and North and Central America and one from Oceania.
It has been suggested that each club could earn £50m from taking part, but it has been reported that some top European sides are unhappy with the proposal and would boycott the competition.
However, Levy admitted, when the club’s board met with the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust on Monday last week, that he would be keen for Spurs to be involved but could see the potential problems.
The minutes of the meeting read: “Daniel Levy felt the Club World Cup would probably happen but it wasn’t clear how many teams from Europe would be involved yet.
“Daniel Levy would like Spurs to take part in that. It could replace an overseas tour and offer a more competitive edge for the players.
“However, there would be problems for the fixture calendar with too many games already. The FA is currently looking at how to ease pressure.”