While over in Germany we’ve seen top flight football return without major hiccoughs (yet), the matter of resuming the Premier League hasn’t gone quite so smoothly.
Across the board there has been widespread concerns over the safety of the sport coming back, with the UK one of the worst impacted areas of Europe since the coronavirus outbreak.
The footballing authorities are determined to push on with the Premier League’s return, though, as various proposals are being put forward to find a solution to continuing the 2019/20 campaign.
Clubs are due to have their players return to training in the coming days, as ‘Project Restart’ begins to gain momentum with the idea of behind closed doors football. While the authorities are keen on the idea of avoiding a £1.3bn financial loss that would come as a result of football not returning, players are worried about the safety issues that exist, none more so than Chelsea’s Willian.
“Honestly, from what I can see, a lot of players – the majority, I’d say – are uncomfortable with the idea of returning right now,” Willian said, via the Mirror. “We’re really keen to return, we really miss playing and doing what we love.
“But it needs to be safe for us to do so. That’s how we’re looking at it. Our health has to come first.
So right now, players don’t feel comfortable with the idea of returning until it’s totally safe to do so.”
The Brazilian joins the likes of fellow Premier League stars Sergio Aguero and Troy Deeney in voicing their concerns about the plans, while fellow Blues teammate Tammy Abraham follows the same vein of worry given he has an asthmatic father who could be at risk.
Willian stated that now he’s back in the UK, having previously been in his native Brazil, he will start to know more about the steps being taken, but declared he is still unsure about what will happen next.
“Our squad has spoken a lot over the internet, via different apps, and we’ve had some meetings too,” he added.
“Lampard has sent us information about what the Premier League wants to do.
“We still don’t know how things are going to play out, moving forward.
Hopefully, we’ll know in the next few days. The Premier League is going to have a meeting and then they’ll inform us about the next steps.”
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