Ajax to be part of new Club World Cup

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There would be 12 clubs from Europe and Fifa's preferred option for the first edition of the tournament is to invite those clubs who have won at least three Champions Leagues or European Cups.

Reigning champion Real Madrid is supporting plans to expand the Club World Cup to 24 teams following a meeting at Federation Internationale de Football Association.

According to the document, 12 of the 24 teams in the competition would be European, four or five from South America, two each from the rest of the Americas, Asia and Africa, leaving the Oceania to battle for the last place with a South American team. It will replace the Confederations cup and current Club World Cup which features the winners of the UEFA, CONCACAF, AFC, CAF, OFC and CONMEBOL Champions Leagues.

It's added that the victor of the event would potentially take home a staggering £100 million, with participation alone worth £50 million.

It is understood that Liverpool and Manchester United will be invited to participate in the competition alongside Real Madrid, Barcelona, AC Milan, Bayern Munich, Ajax, Inter Milan and Juventus.

The format is expected to include eight groups of three, a quarter-final stage, semi-finals and final, taking place from June 10-28 in 2021.

However it seems that UEFA and the Premier League are not happy with the plans and will fight against the idea for the tournament, despite Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino and deputy secretary general Zvonimir Boban having already held preliminary talks with several clubs. No host nation has been decided but China is reportedly keen.

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