“The Nations League is unimportant” – Belgian star De Bruyne does not feel that the UEFA European Championship is worth looking forward to

"The Nations League is unimportant" - Belgian star De Bruyne does not feel that the UEFA European Championship is worth looking forward to
“The Nations League is unimportant” – Belgian star De Bruyne does not feel that the UEFA European Championship is worth looking forward to

“The Nations League is unimportant” – Belgian star De Bruyne does not feel that the UEFA European Championship is worth looking forward to

Manchester City playmaker Vincent Kompany would prefer not to have to spend two weeks playing for the national team so soon after the end of the club season.

Belgium star Kevin De Bruyne has said that he does not see the UEFA Nations League as an important competition, dismissing it as a series of “glorified friendlies”.

As part of Belgium’s preparation for their upcoming Nations League matches, De Bruyne arrived at the country’s training camp on Monday.

During the next two weeks, Roberto Martinez’s men will face the Netherlands, Poland, and Wales in Group A4.

How has De Bruyne responded to the Nations League so far?

Having just finished an intense season with Manchester City, the attacking midfielder is not in the mood to compete in this competition so soon after. He has also complained that players have no say in how many games are played.

At the press conference earlier in the week, he said, “Two weeks is too long. As a player, we can’t change that much. I am not looking forward to it at all.”.

According to him, the Nations League is of no importance. For me, it is just glorified friendlies at the end of a long and difficult season. To be honest, I am not looking forward to them at all.

Anyway, we can say we want more rest. Nothing changes anyway. When we get on the field, we will do what we have to do.”

What was De Bruyne’s performance like in 2021-22?

The 30-year-old De Bruyne is coming off of an arduous season with Manchester City.

He made 45 appearances for the club in all competitions, helping them to win the Premier League title as well as reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League.

The Belgian was City’s top scorer in the English top-flight with 15 goals and only Gabriel Jesus was able to match his eight assists.

The quality of his performances over the course of the season led to him being named the Premier League’s Player of the Season.

 

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