Kevin De Bruyne believes the 2019/20 season should be cancelled amid the coronavirus pandemic, with the prospect of a rushed end to the campaign with little preparation placing the safety of players at risk.
The Premier League season is currently suspended amid the global pandemic with the conclusion of the campaign remaining uncertain at present, though football’s authorities are hopeful of completing the season over the summer months – if and when it is advised safe to do so.
Manchester City midfielder De Bruyne has expressed his concerns with finishing the current campaign, however, fearing for the fitness of players and believing the league will see an increase in injuries should the governing bodies rush through the end of the season.
City remain in the hunt to secure FA Cup and Champions League success but are now approaching a month without taking to the field, and De Bruyne believes player welfare must be paramount during any plans for football to resume.
“I have no idea if we will still play,” De Bruyne told Belgian outlet, HLN. “In England, they want to wait as long as possible with a decision. But, as a footballer, that is not evident.
“You’re idle for six weeks, normally you need a preparation of three to four weeks. If we restart immediately, everyone will be injured after a few games. That cannot be the intention.
“There’s a lot of money involved and I think waiting so long to make a decision can cause problems for next season.
“It’s not that we have a very long summer break and can just postpone everything.
“I would be sorry to stop early after such a good season, but if it avoids problems towards next year, it must be done.”