Arsene Wenger has singled out India as the next country to embrace football, while also being cautious of the Chinese Super League.
Although China has quickly become a financial powerhouse in the world of football, Arsene Wenger still believes the Chinese Super League has some way to go before it can rival the Premier League. Wenger – who was a part of the J-League when it first formed – believes China must first create a solid fanbase and culture of football for the League to grow.
“It takes years of culture and work. You don’t create a top league just like that. In England it was created 150 years ago and we still struggle.”
“It’s a slow process of creating a football culture. You are educated as a little boy by your parents about football and that goes through the next generations. And that takes time to be a really big part of the population.”
“In China it’s new. So it will take time. We don’t know in 10 years’ time that China will still do it. Sometimes it’s a political decision that can change. I expect India to come to the game and I hope it will happen.”
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