Manchester City defender, Aymeric Laporte has come out to explain his decision to switch allegiance from France to Spain. He recently revealed that his decision was not meant to be a swipe at France coach, Didier Deschamps.
According to him, the move was simply the best step for his career, and he saw it as his golden chance to play at a major tournament.
Laporte added that it was a very tough decision at the time but he had to do what he felt was right.
His words, “It is a long story from a long time ago. He called me and told me that he was interested in having me, and wanted to know if I was interested in competing in a European Championship. He told me that it was very feasible that I could play for Spain, and I was delighted.”
“It keeps bothering you. You are never going to please everyone. It is a delicate subject, but in the end I have to do what I believe is the right thing. I have always tried to keep the utmost respect for everyone and to play.”
“Yes, I do feel comfortable and also very happy. I am in a stage of my life in which I am very happy and I am taking advantage of it. Here I am like a child living his dream. I was looking forward to being here and I’m freaking out every second.”
“As it was a somewhat delicate subject, I discussed it with my family and told them what my intention was and they understood. They, in a way, saw it very clearly. What Spain has given me, not only now and throughout my career, has nothing to do with France.”
“Most of them knew about my situation. Not because of playing for Spain, but because they didn’t count on me in France, only partially. I had been holding out for a long time, waiting for something. Yes, they were surprised because I did not speak about this, but happy because they know what I wanted.”
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