Gareth Bale has echoed Kevin De Bruyne’s criticism of the Nations League scheduling ahead of facing the Belgian dynamo on Saturday night.

Wales and Belgium are midway through a marathon four-game international period which came straight off the back of the conclusion of the club campaign.

De Bruyne has been open in his dislike for the Nations League, which was introduced in 2019, labelling it ‘just glorified friendlies‘ at a time when players should be resting their legs.

Speaking ahead of facing De Bruyne and his compatriots, Wales captain Bale sympathised with his counterpart and called for something to be done to correct the football calendar ‘for player welfare’.

“Someone mentioned on the table at lunch that Kevin De Bruyne could play 79 games next season and have a three-week break,” Bale said. “It is too much. Things obviously need to change.

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