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Aymeric Laporte is a French central defender born May 27, 1994, who plays for Manchester City. Laporte started out his career with Agen Football, and later moved to Aviron Bayonnais. In 2010 he joined Athletic Bilbao, and would make his first-team debut at the club in 2012 after going through the reserve and youth teams.
His LaLiga debut came later in December of the same year. The stylish and composed defender joined Manchester City in January 2018 for a club-record £57million and immediately became an integral component in Pep Guardiola's defensive line. In 2016 he made his first appearance with France.
Looks like the transfer journey is just starting for Laporte
- 2012: CD Basconia to Bilbao Athletic – free transfer
- 2012: Bilbao Athletic to Athletic Bilbao – €600,000
- 2018: Athletic Bilbao to Manchester City for €65 million
French centre-back Laporte's full name is Aymeric Jean Louis Gérard Alphonse Laporte. He started playing football at a young age and in 2010 became the second French player to join Athletic Bilbao (in the youth team), and the boy was only sixteen then. In 2011, he started his senior career in Basconia and moved to the Bilbao reserve team one season later. The player also represented France in the youth teams under seventeen, eighteen, nineteen, and twenty-one years, and was even their captain. Although he was called up to the senior national team in 2018, he never played on-field, and most recently, in 2020, he was excluded again because of an injury. We will cover all the relevant transfer news regarding the player and some football whispers floating around over the years.
Transfer Odds and Rumours Regarding Aymeric Laporte
At the beginning of his senior career, Laporte started in Basconia and played for one season between 2011 and 2012. He scored two goals during that period and played in the Tercera División, the fourth tier in the Spanish football league. In late 2012, Aymeric Laporte played his first 90-minute match in the UEFA Europa League tournament for Athletic Bilbao after playing for the reserve teams. A year later, he scored the first professional goal in his career. There were some transfer rumours in 2014 tying him to Bayern Munich, but nothing came of it because they deemed it too expensive and opted to wait until his contract with Bilbao ends. In 2015, Laporte extended his contract to 2019 and negotiated a €50 million release clause. A year later, he renewed his contract until 2020 but with a raised release clause of €65 million. During the time he played for Athletic Bilbao, Aymeric Laporte appeared in one hundred and sixty-one matches and scored seven goals.
In January 2018, Aymeric Laporte struck a deal with Manchester City for €65 million during the winter transfer window. The transfer fee was so high that it was even a record for both teams at that time. He has been with the team ever since, and there are no new rumours regarding his move out of Manchester City or any other transfer targets that might replace him in the club. Laporte has scored four goals for the “Citizens” and appeared sixty-two times on the field wearing the sky-blue colors. With his help, the team managed to secure their first-ever domestic treble (winning the Premier League, FA Cup, English Football League Cup, and the Community Shield). It was the first time a team from England completed this achievement, as well. We will be sure to keep you updated with any new gossip relating to the player or his next transfer, but for now, there isn't any official or unofficial news about him. We are excited to see how he will perform for Manchester City in this and the next football season and if any team would offer to buy him out before his contract ends.