Premier League clubs set to give players just TWO WEEKS summer holiday ahead of a truncated campaign which could be played out over a mammoth 335 days
- Several top-flight clubs plan to start pre-season training around August 10
- The current Premier League season will finish on July 26 so holidays will be cut
- Clubs have also told their stars that they would prefer them to stay in the UK
- The new season is set to kick off on September 12, but has not been confirmed
Premier League clubs plan to give players just two weeks break ahead of what could be a mammoth 335 day campaign.
Sportsmail understands several top-flight clubs have pencilled in the week commencing August 10 for players to start pre-season ahead of the truncated 2020/21.
With the current campaign due to finish on the weekend of July 25, players will have a far shorter summer break.
Premier League clubs plan to give players just two weeks off ahead of a truncated season
Clubs, however, have advised players they’d prefer them to stay in the UK during the close season.
The new season is expected to start on September 12, though clubs fell short of confirming a date at Thursday’s shareholders meeting.
Manchester City, Manchester United and Wolves may still be completing the 2019/20 season by the time clubs begin pre-season training due to their respective Champions League ad Europa League commitments.
To complicate matters, international football returns at the start of September meaning players will spend at least a week away from their clubs just days before the start of the new season.
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Sportsmail understands that associations across Europe fear players – particularly those still involved in European competition – will pull out of squads due to the chaotic domestic and European schedule.
Footballers face a gruelling 2020/21 campaign because games will be crammed into a shorter period due to this season overrunning, leading to burn out concerns.
Nevertheless, clubs want their squads to have as normal a pre-season as possible ahead of the new campaign.
Manchester United may also face a short recovery time due to their Europa League games
The Football Association are exploring the possibility of scrapping FA Cup replays next season to try and ease the work load on players next season.
The winter break, which came into effect for the first time this season, could also be removed to allow space for games to be played, while the Carabao Cup is also under threat.
The season must be completed by May 16 to allow for a fixed rest period ahead of the delayed Euro 2020, which starts on June 11.
The final of the European Championships is scheduled for July 11.
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