Laporte to exchange France for Spain before Euro 2020 – fr

Laporte to exchange France for Spain before Euro 2020 – fr

Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte will transfer international allegiance from France to Spain ahead of Euro 2020, according to reports.
The 26-year-old is yet to clinch a cap for the France squad as he has played for one of the Premier League’s top teams in recent seasons.

Laporte has already been called up by France boss Didier Deschamps but he never arrived on the pitch under the former Chelsea Midfielder.

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Speaking in December 2018, Laporte insisted he would not be swapping France for Spain anytime soon, despite claiming Deschamps was not choosing him for “personal reasons”.

Laporte said: “The coach doesn’t choose me for personal reasons, but I have to respect that. I don’t think it’s a sporting problem. You’ll have to ask him why he’s not calling me. I have nothing against him. If anyone has a problem, it’s him with me.

“I’m not going to call him. The only person who can fix this is the manager, but playing for Spain is out of the question. I am fighting to play for France because I am French. I do not have dual nationality and I will not apply for it.

But Spanish publication Mark claims Laporte ‘will play “for Spain at the European Championship after Spanish coach Luis Enrique” asked the leaders of the Spanish Football Federation a few weeks ago to study the possibility “of a change of Laporte.

It is said that Laporte’s response “was positive and that the mechanisms were set in motion to obtain the FIFA OK” with Mark adding that “there is still a final procedure on the part of FIFA, but it is a formality and the most arid and the most complicated work has been done”.

Laporte “meets all the requirements demanded by FIFA to be able to make his debut with the Spanish national team” despite having played for France at many youth levels.

Deschamps apparently feels there is “no need” to compete with Spain as the France boss has already made a decision on the player.

Laporte, who have played 16 times in the Premier League this season for Manchester City, will offer Sergio Ramos, Eric Garcia, Pau Torres and Inigo Martinez further competition in Spain’s central defense.


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