The Belgian midfielder has admitted to fighting without soccer amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has interrupted the 2019-20 season.
Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne says he’ll add an additional two years into his playing career following the coronavirus lockdown, having found it difficult to adapt to life in the home.
De Bruyne was enjoying his best season yet in a City shirt prior to the season was suspended indefinitely as a result of COVID-19 outbreak.
The 28-year-old has contributed eight goals and 16 assists to City’s Premier League cause and picked up an eighth key trophy with the club in the shape of the Carabao Cup in February.
He has also played an integral role as Pep Guardiola’s guys have progressed into the Champions League knockout stages and FA Cup quarter-finals, most notably starring in a gorgeous last-16 first-leg triumph over Real Madrid.
De Bruyne has become widely regarded as one of the best midfielders in Europe and has backed himself to challenge for the 2020 Ballon d’Or.
However, the Belgium global has been made to practice self-discipline in the limits of his Manchester home at the present time, in accord with the government measures that have been put in place to contain the spread of coronavirus.
The City talisman has confessed to missing football greatly in quarantine when addressing his followers at a video on Instagram Live.
“I told my wife I will play a bit longer,” De Bruyne started.
“Following this lockdown, I am unable to stay at home. I told her I will take two years longer.
“It is time to play soccer again. I miss it and it is difficult. But we aren’t important, football isn’t important. Folks love soccer, but you will need to keep safe.”
De Bruyne went on to deliver an update on his family’s health, including: “I have been at home today for two weeks.
“At the start, my family and my children were a little bit ill so that was a bit worrying but they’re alright now.
“It took eight or nine times, we do not know, but now they’re better, fortunately, as you don’t know what will happen.”
The Premier League was scheduled to resume on April 30, with UEFA eager to make sure that the club soccer season reaches its natural conclusion after postponing Euro 2020 by annually.