Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne has said that the current season must be brought to an end in order to ensure that next season is not affected.
Speaking to Belgian news outlet Het Laatste Nieuws, the 28 year-old has stated that he's worried waiting around any longer will cause problems for next season.
It is not that we have a very long summer break and can just postpone everything. I would be sorry to stop early after such a good season, but if it avoids problems towards next year, it must be done.
The Premier League has been shutdown for close to a month, with all English footballing activity postponed until April 30, with the chances high that the postponement is set to be elongated.
De Bruyne is acutely aware that players will also need a preseason before returning to action.
As a footballer... you are idle for six weeks, normally you need a preparation of three to four weeks.
If we restart immediately, everyone will be in the treatment room after a few games. That cannot be the intention.
Just today, in De Bruyne's native Belgium, the league has recommended that they abandon the season as it stands due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The league will meet on April 15 to discuss the course of action, which could see Club Brugge win the league title and qualify for the Champions League. The club are currently 15 points ahead of second-place, De Bruyne's former club Gent, with one game left before the league splits for playoffs.
The recommendation was made as the league are unsure as to when it will be safe for teams to return to training. Furthermore, they've also stated that it would be very unlikely that any games played could have fan attendance before June 30. They also added that even games played behind closed doors run the risk of exacerbating the problem.