Wenger: G14 has room for Chelsea

Arsene Wenger would have no problem with Chelsea being granted membership of the G14 group of elite European clubs.

Arsene Wenger would have no problem with Chelsea being granted membership of the G14 group of elite European clubs.

Currently British members include Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool as well as continental powers like Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Barcelona, both Milan teams and Lyon.

Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon helped found the group while in charge at Old Trafford, but so far G14 have resisted the efforts of the Barclays Premiership champions to join.

David Dein, the Gunners vice-chairman, has accepted the position of chairman of G14 as part of a new management committee, and he refused to rule out the possibility of expanding numbers.

G14's statutes require unanimous agreement from all the clubs on the issue of new members, and Wenger accepted: "The more clubs who are in there, the better power they have."

However, the Arsenal manager stressed: "That has to be a decision from the G14. The G14 is a board, it is not just because he is chairman that he could make that decision.

"You have to make a demand for admission, and then you have to be voted in.

"I have nothing against it, but when they go in, they have to respect the rules like everybody else."

Wenger maintained: "But the first job is not to necessarily get this club in or another club in, it is to find a new balance between club power and federation power.

"That at the moment is not right because the clubs have too big a handicap.

"If you want to face [up to] the wages you have to pay, you have to be in a decent position to perform.

"At the moment, the clubs are not."

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