UEFA: Aleksander Ceferin confident major European leagues will finish season this summer

UEFA's Aleksander Ceferin

With the Bundesliga returning and the others close to following them, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin believes most European leagues will finish the current season this summer.

The Premier League, LaLiga and Serie A are all stepping up their attempts to return to action and follow in the footsteps of the Bundesliga, which returned behind closed doors this weekend.

France and the Netherlands have abandoned their seasons due to the coronavirus pandemic, but UEFA believe that the remaining big leagues will be able to complete the current campaigns.

UEFA want to conclude the season by the end of August, culminating with the Champions League final, and Ceferin says this "concrete plan" will be possible.

"We have a concrete plan of finishing the European season," he told beIN Sports. "Of course, this summer we will have to play without spectators at the stadiums.

"I think the majority of leagues will finish the season. The ones who will not, it's their decision. But they will still have to play qualifiers if they want to participate in the European UEFA competition.

"I can say that the European season will be finished, if everything is as it is now, in August. As things look now, I'm sure... that we can finish the European season and this means UEFA competition.

"The national leagues are a separate thing and they will decide separately how they want to proceed. But I think at least 80 per cent will finish the season."

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Ceferin hailed the German league and Government for their organisation of the Bundesliga's resumption.

Play in Germany started on Saturday behind closed doors and appears to have been a success.

"We trust Germans, their authorities are very serious. It's not only about football," Ceferin said.

"It's about people being depressed because we are locked down, because there is so much uncertainty, and football brings life to a usual level.

"Football brings positive energy. It's easier to be home if you can watch sports!

"So I think it's a great [example of] cooperation between the German league and the German government. I hope, and think, they will be very successful."

LaLiga will step up its preparations for a return to action, with group training of up to 10 players allowed from Monday.

Spain's top two leagues are hoping to resume on June 12 and this marks a significant moment of progression.

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