Laporte key to Man City’s success
Aymeric Laporte made the switch to Manchester City in January of 2018.
City are understood to have paid £57m for the defender’s services, which, at the time, was believed to be a club-record fee.
Since moving to England, Laporte has racked up 72 appearances across all competitions for the Sky Blues, cementing himself as arguably their top centre-back.
Manchester City would earn a staggering 98 points in the Premier League last term, winning their second consecutive title.
The Frenchman played 35 of those 38 games, with City letting in just 23 goals all season.
By contrast, this season, the majority of which Laporte has missed through injury, has seen Man City already concede 31 goals in the PL with 10 games still left to play.
Laporte responds to Spain return links
As a result, the Citizens will no doubt be keen to keep hold of arguably their top defensive asset.
However, as per The Times, City’s possible exclusion from the Champions League has led to suggestions that Laporte and other key players could leave the club.
But, in a recent interview, when the centre-back was asked about speculation linking him with Barcelona and Real Madrid, Laporte insisted that he is happy at Man City:
“I am very happy here at Manchester City. I am enjoying my football here. We are doing great things here. In the last two years we have won eight trophies.”
Laporte also commented on Man City’s Champions League ban:
“We are waiting for a final decision. We are going to see what happens next season. Obviously it would hurt us a lot if we aren’t in the Champions League next season.”
All quotes via The Times.