Is Laporte French or Spanish?
Manchester City centre-back Aymeric Laporte changed his international allegiance from France to Spain ahead of Euro 2020. Aymeric Laporte has revealed that Spain were trying to get him to switch his international allegiance for years before he finally secured dual-nationality this year.
Can Laporte speak Spanish?
Born in Agen in south-west France, he joined Bilbao’s youth setup in 2010, meeting the criteria of their Basque-only policy by dint of a Basque great-grandfather. Being the only non-Spaniard in the squad presented appreciable challenges, but he now speaks Spanish with as much confidence as his native French.
Where Did Man City buy Laporte?
Aymeric Laporte was a January 2018 acquisition, signed from Athletic Bilbao midway through Pep Guardiola’s second season. The 25-year-old arrived with a reputation as one of Europe’s most promising defenders.
Is Laporte a Basque?
Although he was Basque enough for Athletic, Laporte was not Spanish enough for Spain. The two places are very different of course, and the fact that his Basque roots come from his great-grandparents means that in FIFA’s eyes the defender was a Frenchman.
Why did Laporte switch to Spain?
Why is Aymeric Laporte set to play for Spain at Euro 2020? Laporte was born in the French Basque Country so is French by nationality. Because of his Basque links, Laporte played his youth career and the first part of his professional career with Spanish club Athletic Bilbao.
Is La Porte French?
Laporte is understood to have French and Spanish nationality and is of Basque descent through his great-grandparents. He joined Athletic Club as a 16-year-old and spent six seasons with the Spanish side before his switch to City in 2018.
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Why could Laporte play for Bilbao?
Born in the French Basque region with family from the Basque region of Spain, before joining City Laporte was allowed to play for Athletic Bilbao, who have strict rules on who can represent them. Now, because of that eligibility, it seems Laporte has been accepted for Spanish citizenship ahead of the summer tournament.
Why has Laporte not played for France?
That injury Didier Deschamps mentioned prevented Aymeric Laporte from making his France debut when he was called up to the squad in October 2019. The now Spanish international required surgery after damage sustained to his ACL in a game against Tottenham Hotspur.
Why did Laporte change country?
The Manchester City central defender was born in France and played for them through the youth levels, including making 19 appearances for their Under-21s. However, Laporte was never handed a senior cap by the world champions and has instead chosen to represent Spain, being eligible through his Basque heritage.
Where did Laporte grow up?
Laporte was born in Agen, Aquitaine and is of Basque descent through his great-grandparents. He started playing football and rugby at the age of five, and began his development at Agen’s football academy.