Premier League clubs still in Europe want delayed start to next season

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  • Uefa mini-tournaments in August threaten players’ rest
  • Manchester United, City, Wolves and Chelsea may be involved

Premier League clubs involved in August’s mini-tournaments for the Champions League and Europa League are expected to ask to start next season later than the rest of the division to allow their players a longer break.

Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United and Wolves are still involved in Uefa club competition, although Chelsea will have to overturn a 3-0 first-leg home defeat by Bayern Munich to reach the Champions League last eight. It is understood the Premier League would consider a request for clubs’ opening fixtures of 2020-21 to be delayed.

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