Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte has reportedly informed the English club that he wishes to leave the Etihad stadium in favor of a move to the Spanish La Liga, with the league’s giants Barcelona and Real Madrid said to he keen on snapping him up this summer. Laporte has had a mixed spell since leaving Athletic Bilbao to sign for City some years ago and has found it hard to cement a regular starting spot in Pep Guardiola’s team. Guardiola has had to rotate his defensive options and has switched between John Stones, Nathan Ake, Laporte, and now Ruben Dias after the Portugal international defender joined from Benfica last summer.
Laporte recently switched nationality from France to Spain due to a lack of being called up to play for the French national team and he is currently hoping that his decision to pick Spain over France could be a factor to help convince either Madrid or Barca to sign him.
Madrid need a new defender this summer after allowing their two long-serving central defensive pairing Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos to leave the club, while Barcelona are also looking to sign a new center-back who would be the long-term replacement for veteran defender Gerard Pique.