Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola revealed that a biennial World Cup could help the game and should be given fair consideration. FIFA head of global development Arsene Wenger is said to be the driving force behind plans to hold the World Cup every two years. These plans have not been welcomed in some parts with UEFA President Alexander Ceferin saying that European countries could boycott the tournament. All European leagues including the Premier League have rejected the proposal unanimously.

“Always I’m glad when new ideas are put on the table to discuss,” Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola said. “You don’t have to criminalize ideas. The clubs and the leagues defend their position, FIFA defends theirs and UEFA defends theirs. That’s why when we talk about global football ideas it is ridiculous because everyone just looks after themselves. The World Cup is amazing. It is the biggest tournament and, as a spectator, I always enjoy watching it. If I could watch it every two years that would be good.”

“I’m completely in agreement with Arsene Wenger in that if it isn’t the World Cup then it will be another competition – the Confederations Cup or create a new tournament. What I have seen Arsene has proposed is a tournament of the biggest quality,” he added. “I’m glad that one person who has done incredible things in world football – not just the Premier League – has put the situation on the table. We are going to talk about the good things and bad things related to it.”

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