De Bruyne says lockdown has him wanting to extend his career

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Kevin de Bruyne has learned a thing or two while stuck at home during the coronavirus. The main thing he’s discovered is that he doesn’t want to be stuck at home much longer.

That means possibly continuing his playing career longer than he may have expected, just to not be stuck inside.

“I told my wife I’m going to play a little bit longer after the lockdown,” de Bruyne said to ESPN. “I cannot stay at home. I’m going to play two more years. It’s hard, man.”

Currently 28 years old and one of the best players in the Premier League, de Bruyne’s fluid movement, exquisite passing, and creative flair are a joy to watch. The Belgian possibly extending his career should come as a positive for everyone – well, maybe except Manchester United fans.

It is certainly good news for the Belgian national team, who have been the beneficiary of his 74 international caps thus far. De Bruyne has missed a healthy chunk of playing time over the past year thanks to various injuries, but the extension of his career could only benefit Belgium in the long-term. It could, however, also see de Bruyne rethink the length of his international playing time to extend his club career, a move some older players make to rest their bodies during international breaks and milk as many playing days out of their careers as possible. Still, that could be a longshot knowing de Bruyne is hating being cooped up inside.

“It’s time to play football again,” he said. “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.”