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Laporte set for Euro 2020 after changing nationality after continued France snub

Aymeric Laporte is on the verge of gaining Spanish citizenship in order to play at this summer’s European Championship.

The Manchester City centre-back was born in Agen, France and represented his native country all the way up to Under-21 level, earning 51 caps across different national youth teams.

But the 26-year-old – who is considered one of the best defenders in the Premier League – is yet to make his senior France debut and has hinted he could represent Spain many times over the years.

This began when Laporte was passed over for a selection for Euro 2016 and gathered momentum as he was left out of France’s victorious 2018 World Cup squad.

Laporte’s grandparents are Basque and he came through the ranks at Athletic Bilbao, spending eight years with the Spanish club before his £57million transfer to City in January 2018.

Laporte is expected to play for Spain at this summer’s Euros

In light of his repeated snubs by France boss Didier Deschamps, Laporte has decided he will pursue a spot in Luis Enrique’s Spain squad.

As first reported by Marca, the Spanish Football Federation has been in regular contact with the City stalwart over the potential switch.

Enrique hopes to name him in his squad for Euro 2020 which will be released later this month.

Laporte scored the winner in last month's Carabao Cup final
Laporte scored the winner in last month’s Carabao Cup final

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Laporte’s change of allegiance is yet to be finalised by FIFA but the report claims only formalities remain after the bulk of the paperwork was signed off.

Spain’s foremost sports officials met on Tuesday morning to agree Laporte’s change of citizenship, which will be officially announced on Wednesday.

Laporte admitted last year he was hurt by Deschamps’ snubs given his excellent record with France’s youth teams.

“I still miss it a little more with the national squad,” he said.

“I’ve been going there for a long time now, it’s a big disappointment, especially after spending more than five years in the French youth team and having been captain for almost three years.

“But life is like that, you have to accept and work hard and strive to get back to the level and be stronger than ever.”

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