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Kevin De Bruyne joins Pep Guardiola in responding to Jurgen Klopp over radical plans

Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has joined his manager Pep Guardiola in approving Arsene Wenger’s idea of a biennial World Cup, despite Jurgen Klopp’s fears

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Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has admitted he isn’t completely against the idea of the World Cup taking place every two years.

The proposal – let by FIFA’s chief of global football development and ex-Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger – has been condemned by many in the game.

Premier League clubs have unanimously voted to oppose the controversial idea due to it creating extended international windows.

An official Premier League statement read: “Clubs raised concerns about the negative impacts FIFA’s current proposals would have on player welfare, the fan experience, pre-season preparations and the quality of competitions.”

Ajax chief executive and former Manchester United player Edwin van der Sar said in September: “The clubs are not having it. It is a ludicrous idea. There is a lot of opposition.”

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Kevin De Bruyne and Pep Guardiola are both in favour of a biennial World Cup
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De Bruyne, though, believes a biennial World Cup can work – if players are allowed enough time to rest throughout the year.

As quoted by the Daily Mail, he said: “At the start of the season, I had a meeting with FIFA and Arsene Wenger to explain to us what they wanted to do.

“To do something like that, federations of all countries, UEFA and FIFA have to coordinate. Everyone has to work together.

“I insisted on a second point: I told them that they had to keep a real period of rest for us, the players, at the end of the season.

“The idea isn’t bad in itself, as long as everyone works together.”





John Terry, Michael Owen, Didier Drogba, Roberto Carlos and De Bruyne’s club manager Pep Guardiola have also thrown their support behind Wenger’s plans for a biennial World Cup.

Speaking in September, Guardiola told reporters: “You don’t have to criminalise ideas.

“The World Cup is amazing. As a supporter I enjoy watching and if it is every two years that would be good.”

Many others, however, have slammed Wenger’s proposal – including Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who believes the idea is driven by money.








Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is against Arsene Wenger’s controversial idea
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He told reports in September: “There’s no other sport in the world with such a relentless calendar.

“We all know why it’s happening. Whatever people say that it’s about giving different countries opportunities, in the end it’s all about money.

“That’s fine. But in the end, at one point somebody has to start understanding that without the players – the most important ingredients of this wonderful game – we cannot play it.”

Wenger’s former player and World Cup winner Thierry Henry has also revealed his opposition to the idea.

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He said in October: “Do you [FIFA] actually ask the current players what they think about it? I played four World Cups and [three] Euros and I came out of them shattered mentally.

“And it’s not about the games I played in it, it’s the preparation for the World Cup, coming back from the World Cup after a season at your club.

“So if you play that every two years, mentally it’s tough for a player.”


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