Barca, Real see our clubs as small-time pushovers - time to stand up!

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La Liga dons Barcelona and Real Madrid treat Premier League sides like Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United & Chelsea as feeder clubs.

Real Madrid and Barcelona treat Premier League clubs like they're small-time.

The La Liga heavyweights strut into the English shopping centres with their entourage in tow - Marca and AS - unsettle everyone behind the (transfer) window and have that unmistakeable swan-like air of arrogance where they feel the player who separates himself most from all other footballers in the division will automatically want to jump ship to their sunnier clime.

It's time to shut up shop.

The Premier League is not the greatest division in world football. The Europa League kings, after all, are Spanish and whomever emerges triumphant in the Champions League will also be from Spain. Standards in England have declined - and the powers that be in British boardrooms will only perpetuate that if they continue to sell prized assets to the Santiago Bernabeu and Camp Nou outfits.

Cristiano Ronaldo is glorious at Real and Gareth Bale, too, has shown signs he will come of age, hitting the heights expected of him after delighting White Hart Lane last year, but Liverpool cannot cave in to a £100m bullying for Luis Suarez.

The Reds will be weakened. And so too will the Premier League product as a whole.

Tottenham Hotspur have still not found their feet in the post-Bale era. And since Arsenal starting selling off their Invincibles one by one, culminating in allowing Thierry Henry to transfer to Barca, they too have never been the same… continually disappointing their fans and struggling to emulate the success of the historic unbeaten team of 2004.

United are yet to unearth their next iconic number 7.

So when it comes to Real and the Spanish press, Liverpool must stand as defiant as they did when Arsenal came knocking with two opportunistic bids for Suarez last summer - a firm no, despite any protestation from a player under contract, followed by accusations that the bidding club must be chasing the dragon.

Meanwhile, the Premier League clubs can strengthen by acquiring their under-appreciated talent. Arsenal may well land £30m-rated Karim Benzema, with those funds expected to help a big Real bid for Suarez - but that doesn't mean Liverpool should sell. Angel di Maria, too, is purchasable.

Clubs in England - Spurs, Arsenal, Liverpool, even United and Chelsea - need to shape-up and deny Real/Barca approaches for their top talent, otherwise the Premier League will never dominate the semifinal stage of the Champions League, like the superb 2008-09 season.

These clubs are not small time, not yet, but must follow the lead of Manchester City as, no matter the interest in a player like Sergio Aguero, it seems unfathomable that City would ever deal, let alone have the Argentine harbouring an exit.

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