Aymeric Laporte is now a Spaniard; FIFA gives green light to Manchester City defender to switch countries- FIFA has approved Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte’s switch from France to Spain at Euro 2020 according to AFP. Laporte had his application to be a Spanish citizen granted earlier this week and his change of association was passed by the FIFA Players’ Status Committee.
The 26-year-old footballer was born in Agen, France. He was also called up three times for Les Blues but never actually made it onto the pitch.
“The player Aymeric Laporte is eligible to play for the representative teams of the RFEF – Spanish Football Association with immediate effect,” it said in a statement.
The defender has previously maintained a public desire to play for France.
“I spoke with [France coach] Didier Deschamps about coming back for Les Bleus, I am trying to show that I have the qualities to make the French national team. Certainly, making the Euros at the end of this [season] would be the best thing,” he said in 2020.
Laporte, who joined Manchester City in 2018, has never played for the France senior team despite making over 50 appearances for its youth teams. France coach Didier Deschamps seemed likely to select Laporte in 2019 until a serious knee injury playing for Man City sidelined him for several months.
Laporte is now set to play for Spain at Euro 2020, potentially alongside Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos. Spain’s opening match at Euro 2020 is scheduled for June 14 in Seville against Sweden.