Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte has long been the centre of a tug-of-war between France and Spain for his commitment to their national teams.
France, who Laporte captained at under-17, under-18, under-19 and under-21 levels, seemed to have won the race after calling up Laporte for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Bulgaria and the Netherlands in October 2016.
However, the centre-back was not used in either game, nor was he called up for France’s 2018 World Cup-winning campaign, casting new doubts over Laporte’s international future.
At the age of 24 and despite his talents, which he has been showing for Pep Guardiola’s side consistently, Laporte has still yet to pick up a single international cap at senior level.
That has caught the attention of new Spain boss Luis Enrique, who is thought to be interested in Laporte being part of his Euro 2020 squad plans.
Laporte was asked about his international future following Manchester City’s 6-1 drubbing of Huddersfield Town today and confirmed that despite continuing to be snubbed by France, he has no immediate plans to play for Spain.
“With respect to the Spanish national team, that [possibility] is something that does not exist at the moment, because I do not have Spanish nationality,” Laporte told Spanish reporters from Cadena SER.
Laporte’s wording suggested he hasn’t ruled out the idea of Spain, with whom he may be awarded more opportunities after Gerard Pique retired from international football and with Sergio Ramos getting no younger.
The £57million man should certainly have been playing international football by now, and unless France integrate him into their already talented side soon, he may look to his Basque roots and choose to represent Spain.
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