The Premier League could soon fall into line with the rest of Europe by introducing a winter break in the near future, an exclusive in The Times claims.
Broadcasters have been warned by the Premier League that a prospect of a winter break is real and tender documents have been sent to potential broadcasting partners for the upcoming sale of TV rights (for 2019 to 2022).
Sky Sports and BT Sport are tipped to retain their rights, but may have to agree to a mid-season break in the coming years.
There has been pressure for years from some managers for a winter break, particular from clubs in Europe who often come up against fresher opposition in the knockout phases of the Champions League and Europa League.
To further trim the schedule, the FA may be prepared to trim one round of replays from the historic competition, though are not minded to make it a mid-week competition as the Premier League and EFL have proposed.
For a team like City, with constant fixture pile-up, a winter break would come in handy. Players were clearly struggling with fatigue at the weekend against Burnley and Kevin De Bruyne admitted he “felt like sh*t” after playing so many games.
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