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14 April 2013, 09:03
The 'Little Things' singers' management are said to want them straight back in the studio after the tour.
One Direction are said to have asked management for a four month break after they wrap their 'Take Me Home' world tour at the end of the year.
The 'Live While We're Young' five-piece have been working without a long holiday for the past 18 months, and are set for a hectic year taking their 118-date tour around the globe.
Harry, Zayn, Niall, Liam and Louis are believed to have requested a break from November onwards, but their management are said to be keen for them to head straight back into the recording studio after the tour finishes.
"The boys are working incredibly hard and are in desperate need of some time off," a source told the Daily Star this weekend. "They want to take a full four months off at the end of the year, but management are keen for them to release another album while they are such hot property.
"In an ideal world the record label would have another album out in time for Christmas, but that won't be possible."
The source claims One Direction's desire to write a lot of their new album themselves is yet another reason behind the record's potential delay.
"The boys want to take time out and write most of the third album themselves," they explained. "But management know the group can't take too much time off to make the next record like Adele does because teenage fans are so fickle."
Check out a picture of the band, without Zayn Malik, training with the Newcastle football team earlier this week (Credit: Twitter):
One Direction's 'Take Me Home' UK tour continues with a performance at the Sheffield Motorpoint Arena tonight (14th April).