It’s been over three weeks since football across the major European leagues was suspended due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
A handful of clubs in the continent have confirmed their players have agreed to take a pay cut.
Aston Villa’s Ørjan Håskjold Nyland had a chat with Norway’s TV2 and the goalkeeper is convinced the players in the Premier League must give up part of their salary since no matches are being played.
“I think it is quite natural that we also take a pay cut as long as matches are not played. That is what is happening all over Europe. What it stands for now is getting a structure that fits everyone. I’m pretty convinced everyone is now prepared for a pay cut to contribute,” he said.
Nyland has been restricted to only three appearances in the league this season as Dean Smith had Tom Heaton as the first-choice keeper. However, the latter suffered an injury and Villa ended up taking Pepe Reina on loan in the winter market.
The former Liverpool man has conceded 13 goals in six league appearances for Villa.
With Villa and Reina struggling, Nyland was hopeful of starting in the league, before the league was suspended.
“Even before the season was temporarily suspended, I got good signals on what was going to happen next. I trained well over a long period of time, and there were some results that were missing for the team,” Nyland explained.
“I got good signals that I should start against Chelsea, so I was pretty sure to play that match
“It was unfortunate for me that the league was suspended. I think I had been in goal quite early, after the cup final against Manchester City and the defeat against Leicester. I have to bet that is the case when we start again and then I have to stay in shape until it happens.”