Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has said he’s planning to extend his playing career by two years after getting a taste of life at home while on lockdown due to the coronavirus.
Each of Europe’s major leagues has been suspended since March 13 in an effort to limit the impact of the pandemic, forcing players to spend the vast majority of their days confined at home.
De Bruyne—who has been named City’s Player of the Year twice in his previous four seasons at the Etihad Stadium—told his followers via Instagram Live (via Sky Sports) how much he’s missing the sport:
"I told my wife I'm going to play a little longer. After this lockdown, I cannot stay at home. I told her I'm going to take two years more.
"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.”
The Belgium talisman has been quarantined for two weeks and is raring to resume the 2019-20 campaign. City trailed Premier League leaders Liverpool by 25 points when play was halted due to COVID-19, with Pep Guardiola’s defending champions the only team who can stop the Reds.
De Bruyne himself was enjoying a sensational campaign largely free of injury, and Statman Dave highlighted his position atop the list of total goal contributions this term:
NBC Sports recently looked back to more lively times, posting video of De Bruyne’s opening assist when City demolished Liverpool 5-0 back in September 2017:
City supporters will surely be overjoyed to hear the playmaker talk of extending his career, hoping that also means he’ll prolong his stay in Manchester.
The 28-year-old moved to the Etihad from Wolfsburg in 2015, joining for what was then a club-record fee of £55 million.