Overview: Gazidis, Perez and Agnelli all playing their cards – but who will win the battle of changing the Champions League?

23 January 2020

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Photo: Getty Images AC Milan CEO Ivan Gazidis have been staging regional meetings with the major leagues and federations, where the agenda has been focussed on reform of European competition. Here he is seen with Paolo Maldini (left) and Daniele Massaro (middle).

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James Corbett corbett@offthepitch.com

2020 will be a crucial 12 months for the future of international club football, but industry insiders thinks that the year may pass without a resolution to the ongoing debate about what format European competition will take after 2024.

Highly contentious proposals – formulated by European Club Association (ECA) and Juventus chairman, Andrea Agnelli, in consultation with UEFA – which would have seen as many as 24 elite teams guaranteed qualification for a revamped Champions League consisting of just 32 teams overall, were rejected by clubs last autumn.

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