5 things you need to know about new Manchester City signing Aymeric Laporte

5) Football blood

Manchester City’s new signing belongs from a family which is indulged in football through and through. Laporte’s mother and sister both were football players for several years and so were his uncle. The Frenchman’s father played both rugby and football. No wonder where Laporte gets his love for the game from. The ex-Basque defender played for AvironBayonnais FC before joining the club in 2010. He became only the second Frenchman to feature for Athletic club, the other being the World Cup winner, BixenteLizarazu. Laporte was a regular fixture for Atheltic club for six straight years before January, when City broke the transfer record for his signature.

4) A huge Sylvain Wiltord fan

Despite an established defender, Laporte actually started out as a striker. In fact, his idols too were forwards. The former Girondins Bordeaux forward, SylvianWiltord, who also featured for Arsenal in his career was Laporte’s idol. Laporte is also a huge fan of Pauleta. Starting out as a striker, Laporte was highest scorer many times in junior level tournaments. He also claims to celebrate his goals in the same way the former Portuguese striker Pauleta did.

3) Injury struggles

While City have brought in Laporte to strengthen their defensive lineup, with club captain Kompany perennially injured, it is interesting to note that Laporte has never been injury free in his own career so far. The Frenchman had a knee surgery back in May’13, when he had torn his meniscus in his left knee. The injury was similar to the one he had sustained in his right knee before. Moreover, last season, he suffered broken fibula which essentially ruled him out of a possible selection for the French national side for the Euros. City fans will therefore be hoping that Laporte has his injury struggles behind him as the club look to have a stable defence for the future.

2) Long term admirers inManchester City

AymericLaporte has been on the city books for quite some time now. His fine performances for the Basque club attracted intense interest from rivals Barcelona too, who deploy a similar style of play like Manchester City. And after making a massive 44 appearances for Athletic in the 2015-16 campaign, Laporte could have moved to City. However, with the defender still recovering from a knee injury, he decided against the move suggesting that the move would have been too early for the young defender. Luckily for him, City maintained their interest and have finally gotten their man.

1)Yet to play for France

Due to his Spanish roots, Laporte could have featured for Spain as well. In fact, Spain wanted him to play for them instead of chosing to represent France, who apparently Laporte has represented on all levels. He was the captain for the U21 side as well. Nevertheless, Laporte insisted that he only wanted to represent France. While he is yet to make his senior debut for Les Bleus, it is only a matter of time before Laporte becomes a prominent figure for Didier Deschamps’ side.