The Belgian midfielder has admitted to struggling without soccer amid the Covid-19 pandemic which has disrupted the 2019-20 season.
Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne says he will add an extra two years to his playing profession after the coronavirus lockdown, having found it difficult to adjust to life at home.
De Bruyne was enjoying his quality season yet in a City shirt before the season was suspended indefinitely due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
The 28-year-old has contributed eight goals and sixteen assists to City’s Premier League cause, and picked up an eighth major trophy with the club in the form of the Carabao Cup in February.
He has additionally played a key role as Pep Guardiola’s men have advanced to the Champions League knockout stages and FA Cup quarter-finals, most distinctly starring in a attractive last-16 first-leg win over Real Madrid.
De Bruyne is now widely considered as one of the best midfielders in Europe, and has even backed himself to challenge for the 2020 Ballon d’Or.
However, the Belgium international is being forced to exercise self-discipline in the confines of his Manchester home at the moment, in accordance with the government measures which have been put in place to contain the unfold of coronavirus.
The City talisman has admitted to missing football deeply in quarantine whilst addressing his followers in a video on Instagram Live.
“I told my wife I’m going to play a little longer,” De Bruyne began.
“After this lockdown, I can’t remain at home. I told her I’m going to take two years more.
“It’s time to play soccer again. I miss it and it is difficult. But we are not important, soccer is not important. People love football, however you want to remain safe.”
De Bruyne went on to deliver an update on his family’s health, adding: “I’ve been at home now for two weeks.
“At the beginning, my family and my children were a little bit sick so that was a little bit traumatic however they are okay now.
“It took eight or 9 days, we do not know, but now they are better, luckily, as you never know what is going to happen.”
The Premier League has been scheduled to resume on April 30, with UEFA keen to make sure that the club soccer season reaches its natural conclusion after postponing Euro 2020 by a year.