“In my opinion, it is a bit too much. As a player, the season has been very heavy”, said the Belgian star in an interview published this Friday by the newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws, hours before the Belgian team faces the Netherlands.
De Bruyne, about to turn 31, said that he has “a week without training or games and the body is in full decompression.”
“So playing four games in ten days is asking for trouble,” he added.
The player, who this season has been proclaimed champion of the Premier League with Manchester City and has won the trophy for the best player in the competition, explained that “for eight or nine years” he has not had time to take vacations and assured that “the body needs a break from time to time”.
De Bruyne is the eighth Red Devils footballer in minutes played this season (3,722 in 50 games), surpassed only by goalkeepers Thibaut Courtois and Simon Mignolet, as well as outfield players Loïs Openda, Charles De Ketelaere, Hans Vanaken, Youri Tielemans and Jan Vertonghen.
However, the “seven” of Belgium assured that he is at the disposal of the Belgian coach, the Spanish Roberto Martínez, and that he has not requested “vacation”.
“If I have to play all four games, I will play”, added the midfielder, who in any case pointed out that with 32 players called up he expects the minutes to be shared.
“I guess everyone is going to play. If not, it is rare to call so many. If they don’t play, it means they’re here instead of going on vacation,” she concluded.
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