A major update has emerged about Spanish international Aymeric Laporte, regarding his future at Manchester City.
According to AS, Manchester City are not prepared to cash in on Aymeric Laporte this summer. The report claims that Pep Guardiola wants to keep Laporte at the club to compete with Ruben Dias and John Stones for a place in his starting XI.
Earlier this month, Spanish outlet Sport reported that City and Barcelona were in talks over a potential deal for Laporte. Barcelona were said to be keen on bringing Laporte back to Spain and City were seemingly open to working out a solution.
Back in January, City boss Guardiola claimed Laporte has “special quality” with the ball at his feet, but admitted that it is down to his preparation and attitude in regards to whether he plays or not. He told The Guardian:
“It depends on him, the quality is there.
“[He has to] be in top form and have his mind open. He’s the best left-sided defender [we have], he has special quality with the ball. He has to be focused to come back in the best condition possible and he will get his minutes. After, it depends on his performance like it depends on the form of everyone.”
Manchester City fans will be buzzing with this news as it means that the club will avoid making a major error this summer. It was only two years ago that Laporte was named in the PFA Team of the Year for his performances at centre-back and it was only a couple of months ago that Laporte was scoring the winner in the League Cup final for City against Tottenham at Wembley. He has proven his quality throughout his time in England and it would have been a mistake for the club to sell him to Barcelona.
In 75 Premier League appearances for Manchester City, Laporte has only been on the losing side eight times. City only conceded 41 times and kept 32 clean sheets in those 75 games, whilst Laporte has made zero errors leading to goals. This is a reminder of the impact he can have and why City are making the right call by keeping him at The Etihad heading into next season.
The 27-year-old beast can now provide Stones and Dias with quality competition for places in the 2021/22 campaign for City. This will, hopefully, help all three defenders to progress as they spur each other on to keep improving in order to maintain their place in the team, or win it back.
It also means that Guardiola will not be left with inadequate replacements if either Dias or Stones needs to drop out of the side due to rest, injury or suspension. This is why fans will be delighted that Laporte will seemingly still be a City player beyond the end of the transfer window.