Aymeric Laporte is probably the best uncapped 24-year-old in all of world football, with the Manchester City defender still not officially capped by France, the country he wants to represent.
While Didier Deschamps, the France coach, can’t be criticised too much having guided Les Bleus to 2018 World Cup glory, his ongoing decision to leave Laporte out of his squad continues to baffle many.
The likes of Adil Rami and Mamadou Sakho are called up before the kingpin of City’s defence, who continues to resist interest from Spain – who he is also eligible to play for – in hopes of representing France, who he won caps for at all youth levels.
Speaking to Euskal Irrati Telebista, based in the Basque Country, Laporte didn’t hold back in claiming that it all comes down to a personal problem Deschamps has with him.
Asked about being left out of France squads, Laporte said (translation via Goal): “That question only has one answer: there is a coach and he doesn’t call me, so I need to wait, to keep working and that’s it.
“Of course I don’t think it’s because of a sporting issue, you’d have to ask him personally, I don’t have anything personal against him, but if someone has a problem it’s him and not me.
“I could be a world champion… but these are the decisions of the coach, who is not calling me for, I think, personal reasons, and I have to respect him.
“I’m not going to call him. Why? To slam him? No, obviously not. I’m still working in the club, playing at the highest level for this kind of thing [an international call-up]… the only person who can solve this is the coach.”
It appears that unless Deschamps can clear up his issues with Laporte, the City star will have no international career to speak of until France change coach – or Laporte decides to switch allegiances to Spain.