Nations League

Kevin De Bruyne: UEFA Nations League is 'just glorified friendlies'

Tom Gott
De Bruyne is not looking forward to the Nations League
De Bruyne is not looking forward to the Nations League / Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/GettyImages

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

De Bruyne's Belgium will get their 2022/23 Nations League campaign underway next month against the Netherlands, with three matches scheduled between 3 June and 13 June adding to the already hectic football calendar.

The Manchester City man was in no mood to hype up the coming matches, telling a press conference that he'd rather be resting after a tough season.

"Two weeks is too long. Well, as a player we can't change that much. I'm not exactly looking forward to it," he admitted.

“The Nations League is unimportant in my eyes. Just glorified friendlies after a long and tough season. I am not looking forward to it.

"Anyway, we can say that we want more rest. Nothing changes anyway. Once on the field we will do what we have to do.

“People from the outside cannot understand how a player feels after a season. That is not necessary. In the end, it’s not going to change.”

Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois also lamented the lack of rest after a tough season, admitting he has been playing through injury 'all season' and suggesting he may ask to leave the squad to ensure he can rest up in anticipation of the World Cup later this year.