The French-born defender has been heavily criticized in the country’s press and by former players.
French sports newspaper L’Equipe analyzed the situation on Wednesday and concluded that the lack of opportunities was the main factor in its decision.
« Laporte succumbed to the Iberian sirens when he still has not put on the jersey since Franceof the senior team, ”wrote L’Equipe.
The Team also went through Laporteprevious comments on the matter, noting that the Manchester City the defender has always expressed a preference for Blues.
In March of this year Laporte said that representative France “Had always been [his] dream “and that doing it at the youth level had been” one of the best experiences of [his] life “.
The old one Athletic club player has played 24 games at different youth levels for France and was even called three times by the seniors, but never made an appearance.
Laporteis the last France the call came in August 2019, but he had to withdraw due to injury.
The 26-year-old was disappointed and frustrated to be left out by Didier Deschamps, and he even sent her a message seeking answers but received no response.
Former players intervene
Besides L’Equipe, other personalities of French football, including former players Jerome Rothen and Emmanuel Petit, criticized Laporteopportunism.
“When you register and you feel French, you leave with France, ” mentionned Rothen on RMC Sport.
“If you feel Spanish, you go with Spain.
“But don’t be an opportunist. “
Small, also on RMC Sport, struck a similar tone, questioning Laportethe motivations and loyalty of.
“How can you choose which country you like? ” mentionned Small.
“He had declared his love for the French [national] team and suddenly he left for Spain. «