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Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne believes the Premier League season must end early in order to avoid disruption of next season’s calendar.
The Belgian league has become the first in Europe to cancel the current season, as the 2019/20 Belgian First Division A campaign is officially over due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Club Brugge will be declared champions with the current league table set to stand. The league says Club Brugge would be awarded the title if the advice is confirmed at a general assembly meeting on 15 April.
De Bruyne believes that players could easily get injured if the season continues without pre-season football, as the players are currently on lockdown.
“I have no idea if we are going to play again,” he told Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws. “Just like here, in England they want to wait as long as possible before making a decision.
“But as a footballer, it’s not that clear cut. If you do nothing for six weeks, normally you need a pre-season of three to four weeks. If we restart immediately, everyone will be in the treatment room after a couple of games.
“That’s clearly not the intention. But there is a lot of money involved and I think that waiting too long to make a decision could cause problems for next season.
“It is not that we have a very long summer break and can just shove everything closer together. It would be a shame to stop early after such a good season, but if it avoids problems next year, it must be done.”