There are no plans to extend the Premier League season to 39 games and play matches abroad, Sky Sports News has been told.
Clubs are, however, discussing the possibility of more competitive pre-season matches being staged internationally.
In 2008, proposals were put in place for a 39th game – an extra Premier League match that would be included in the overall league table, but would be staged abroad.
Despite a number of top clubs voicing support for the idea, with the potential to open up new marketing and broadcast revenues internationally, there was widespread condemnation of the idea by FIFA, supporter groups, and most managers.
Some newspaper reports on Monday suggested the proposal of the 39th game is now back on the agenda.
But Sky Sports News has been told that the proposals (which were discussed in last week’s Premier League shareholders meeting, but which are still at a very early stage) are focused on trying to make pre-season matches more competitive, whilst also potentially opening up lucrative new international markets.
Club executives are looking at pre-season competitions such as the existing Asia Trophy, to see whether there is scope for similar tournaments elsewhere, involving more Premier League clubs.