The world’s best players will be playing in the Premier League in coming years, according to Christian Purslow.

The Premier League generates over £8bn from global television rights, dwarfing the TV revenue generated by any league across the globe.

And former Liverpool and Chelsea managing director Purslow believes that will ultimately lead to the best players in the world coming to England in the not too distant future.

I think we’re in the first phase of the massive financial superiority of Premier league clubs over all of their European rivals, Purslow told The Business on Sky Sports News.

The total television income of the Premier League per year is over twice their nearest rivals Spain, three, four, five times that of Germany, France and Italy.

In any industry that economic advantage will ultimately tell. In the first phase what we are seeing is clubs keeping hold of talent that previously would have been sold for financial reasons.

What we will see in the next phase is the Premier League [clubs] starting to sign the cream of the crop from Europe at the peak of their careers.

I’m absolutely sure that will be the next phase. It simply cannot be true that the Premier League has such superior economic resources and not employ the most talented footballers in the world.

And other aspects that had tilted the table away from the Premier League like privileged tax rates for Spanish footballers those are long gone.

There are no tax advantages for Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi to play in Spain. Those are long gone in fact the Spanish government is going after them for tax avoidance/evasion.

So I believe in the next phase, over the next four or five years you will see the top players in Europe coming to the Premier League because of those economic considerations.
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