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“There Are Many Teammates Who Do Not Want It To Restart”, Anwar El Ghazi

Speaking to the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, Anwar El Ghazi has revealed the concerns of some players about Premier League’ return decision.

Earlier this week Premier League allowed players to have close contact training to ramp up the intensity in training. In another meeting, they decided to continue the league from June 17 with Villa hosting Sheffield United on match day.

In the interview, he said, “I feel healthy, I haven’t had the virus, I know what happened, but I don’t see any harm in it.”

“What the Premier League is doing is not normal. We have to wash our own clothes, eat our own food and bring drinks. We are not allowed in the building. As soon as we arrive they measure our temperatures. I see a lot of safety.”

“But there are also many teammates who do not want it (to restart). Although they are slowly starting to turn around because of all the precautions.”

Villa has been in close contact with the Virus as Pepe Reina caught it a few days after the lockdown and earlier this week Dean Smith’s father passed away after battling the virus for four weeks.

“That is very hard for the coach,” El Ghazi added. “That news also shocked us. There is also some fear within the group.

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“For example, Pepe Reina has put in our group chat that you really should not underestimate it. He spent two weeks in bed with a fever and chest pain, which made him barely able to breathe. This has caused some boys to feel some stress.”

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