Kevin De Bruyne: UEFA Nations League is ‘just glorified friendlies’

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Kevin De Bruyne has blasted the UEFA Nations League, describing the competition as a ‘glorified friendly’.

De Bruyne’s Belgium will kick off their 2022/23 UEFA Nations League campaign next month against the Netherlands, with three games scheduled between 3 June and 13 June in addition to the already busy football calendar.

The Manchester City man, who was out of action for the upcoming games, told a news conference that he was choosing to retire after a difficult season.

“Two weeks is too long. Well, as a player we can’t change that much. I’m not looking forward to that,” he admitted.

“The League of Nations is not important to me. I just glorified a friendship after a long and difficult season. I’m not looking forward to it.

“However we can say we want more rest, nothing has changed, once we are on the field we will do what we have to do.

“Outsiders don’t understand how a player feels after the season. That is not necessary. In the end, it will not change. ”

Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois also lamented the lack of rest after a difficult season, admitting he had been sidelined “for the rest of the season” and suggested he could ask to leave the club to ensure he would rest as he awaits the World Cup in the future. year.

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