Manchester Metropolis midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has deferred his retirement by “two extra years” after the coronavirus lockdown made him realise how a lot he’ll miss soccer when he finishes his profession.

The pandemic has introduced world sport to a digital standstill with occasions postponed, suspended or cancelled. The English Premier League season has been suspended till not less than April 30 after optimistic circumstances in a number of groups deemed it mandatory.

After an injury-plagued 2018-19 marketing campaign, De Bruyne was again to his greatest this season, main the league with 16 assists and on the right track to interrupt the Premier League file of 20 in a season earlier than the league was suspended final month.

“I instructed my spouse I will play a little bit longer,” De Bruyne, 28, mentioned in a dwell video on his Instagram web page. “After this lockdown, I can not keep at house. I instructed her I will take two years extra.

“It is time to play soccer once more. I miss it and it is troublesome. However we aren’t essential, soccer isn’t essential. Folks love soccer… however you have to keep secure.”

De Bruyne mentioned he and his household had been in self-isolation after his youngsters fell unwell final month, which is why he didn’t journey again to his native Belgium.

“I have been at house now for 2 weeks,” De Bruyne added. “Initially, my household and my children had been a little bit bit sick in order that was a little bit bit worrying however they’re alright now.

“It took eight or 9 days… however now they’re higher fortunately as you by no means know what will occur.

“Folks ask why I am not in Belgium. It is as a result of I am self-isolating in England. I dwell right here so I am right here with my children and spouse.”

Metropolis had been second within the league standings and main Actual Madrid 2-1 after the primary leg of their Champions League last-16 tie earlier than the season was suspended.