Netherlands and Belgium are in talks to merge the two domestic leagues to create the sixth largest football league by television revenue.

According to German magazine kicker, the Dutch Eredivisie and the Belgian Jupiler Pro League are looking to create a new 18 team league to compete with Europe’s top leagues.

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With rumours of a European Super League being in the works a merger between the Dutch and Belgium leagues could see the top sides from the two nations contend with European heavyweights.

“We cannot ignore the new reality,” Club Brugge CEO Bart Verhaeghe said to kicker.

“Soon or later, there will be a European Super League with games between Bayern Munich and Real Madrid on Sundays.”

Consulting company Deloitte were commissioned by the top sides of the two nations to calculate potential revenue the joint league would generate.

According to the study the potential merged league would generate $650m (€400m) a year in television revenue and put them just behind Europe’s top five leagues.

In comparison both the Dutch and Belgian leagues earn $130m (€80m) each from television revenue at the moment.

Club Brugge have experience competing with some of Europe’s best.

Belgian clubs Gent, Club Brugge, KRC Genk, RSC Anderlecht, Standard Liege, and Dutch clubs Ajax, AZ Alkmaar, Utrecht, Feyenoord, PSV Eindhoven and Vietesse are the eleven clubs pushing for the merge.

The eleven clubs are looking to make the potential league consist of 18 teams, ten from Netherlands and eight from Belgium, with the lowest ranked teams from each nation relegated to their national league.

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However, not all teams are in support of the merge talks with the fourth most popular club in the Netherland, FC Twente not involved with the talks.

Club officials from Sparta Rotterdam, Hercales Amelo and Heerenveen were also opposed to the talks.

While supporters would have to travel further, a joint Belgian-Dutch league would still cover less distance than any of Europe’s top five leagues.