Lukaku, De Bruyne & Witsel ‘Using Break From Football To Start Coaching Badges’
Aregbeshola Tunde News March 25, 2020
Lukaku is among the Belgium players who have started their coaching badges online during the suspension of football to stop the spread of coronavirus.
Former Manchester United striker Lukaku, along with the likes of Borussia Dortmund midfielder Axel Witsel, were scheduled to start the process of earning the Uefa qualification this week during this week’s international break, before sport was halted.
But those in Roberto Martinez’s squad with an eye on coaching in the future have started online elements of the course during the shutdown to cope with the Covid-19 pandemic.
Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne was among the players to register an interest when offered the chance to study for the UEFA ‘A’ and ‘B’ diplomas.
He has previously spoken about the opportunity to start his badges to keep his options open when he eventually retires. “I am not yet playing with the idea of becoming a trainer. I’m still too young for that. But if I want to stay in football later, this is the minimum,” said De Bruyne.
It is understood that Vincent Kompany’s transition from player to player-coach has been an influence in Belgium players taking up the chance to study for their badges.
The former Manchester City captain won the Premier League title last season before heading back to Anderlecht to take up his new role.
While Witsel is 31, Martinez’s squad is relatively young with the likes of Lukaku, 26, looking at a future in coaching.
Belgium had friendlies against Portugal and Switzerland lined up this month before coronavirus put sport on hold and postponed the European Championship for a year.
Lukaku has been in Italy, where the virus has had a huge impact and has stopped Serie A in his first season at Inter Milan.