Coronavirus Outbreak: Premier League disruption convinces Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne to defer retirement
Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has deferred his retirement by “two more years” after the coronavirus lockdown made him realise how much he will miss football when he finishes his career.
The pandemic has brought global sport to a virtual standstill with events postponed, suspended or cancelled. The Premier League season has been suspended until at least 30 April after positive cases in several teams deemed it necessary.
After an injury-plagued 2018-19 campaign, De Bruyne was back to his best this season, leading the league with 16 assists and on course to break the Premier League record of 20 in a season before the league was suspended last month.
“I told my wife I’m going to play a little longer,” De Bruyne, 28, said in a live video on his Instagram page. “After this lockdown, I cannot stay at home. I told her I’m going to take two years more.
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“It’s time to play football again. I miss it and it’s difficult. But we are not important, football is not important. People love football... but you need to stay safe.”
De Bruyne said he and his family were in self-isolation after his children fell ill last month, which is why he did not travel back to his native Belgium.
“I’ve been at home now for two weeks,” De Bruyne added. “At the beginning, my family and my kids were a little bit sick so that was a little bit worrying but they are alright now.
“It took eight or nine days... but now they’re better luckily as you never know what is going to happen.
“People ask why I’m not in Belgium. It’s because I’m self-isolating in England. I live here so I’m here with my kids and wife.”
City were second in the league standings and leading Real Madrid 2-1 after the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie before the season was suspended.
Updated Date: Apr 01, 2020 19:05:08 IST
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