Kevin De Bruyne sees the Nations League as “unimportant,” complaining about a lack of player welfare in Belgium, adding that “we have a little more than three weeks of vacation every 12 months.”
Kevin De Bruyne has criticised the UEFA Nations League, calling it “unimportant” and claiming that players require more time off in the off-season.
After a lengthy and tedious season, De Bruyne’s 2021-22 season will be extended into June, with Belgium’s qualification campaign for the 2022-23 finals beginning in Italy.
From June 3, Belgium, which is in Group A4 with Holland, Poland, and Wales, will play four games in 11 days.
Due to his tight schedule, De Bruyne won’t be able to take a break from football until June 15 at the earliest, before reporting for pre-season duties with Manchester City in July.
And it’s all something De Bruyne could do without, as he blasted the Nations League for its insignificance in the football calendar.
‘For me, the Nations League is unimportant. We have to play those matches, but it’s a kind of practice campaign,’ the 30-year-old said.
‘Everyone has had a very tough season. As soon as we are on the field, we do what we have to do. Then I want to win. Other than that, I don’t have much to say about it.
‘We have nothing to say about it. As players, we can talk about vacation or rest, but we have no say.
‘We follow what we need to do and that’s it. We have a little more than three weeks of vacation every 12 months.
‘The outsiders don’t understand how a player feels after a season. It doesn’t have to be, in the end it won’t change anyway. Nor is there any point in saying anything about it. Nothing will change anyway.’
De Bruyne has now scored 20 goals in 49 appearances for club and country this season.
He was named Premier League Player of the Season for his achievements with City, as he led them to the title.