The defender champion changes his nationality before the European Championship | 1 NEWS
Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte moves from France to Spain ahead of the European Championship.
Manchester City’s Aymeric Laporte celebrates after scoring his side’s first goal in the Carabao Cup Final between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur last month. Source: Getty
FIFA said overnight that it approved the change in eligibility after the French football federation consented to the Spanish federation’s request.
Now 26, Laporte is a former French Under-21 international but has never played for the senior national team.
The center-back has made 75 league appearances with Man City since joining the club in 2018 and has been part of two Premier League winning campaigns, in 2019 and 2021.
France coach Didier Deschamps looked likely to select Laporte in 2019 until a serious knee injury playing for Man City ruled him out for several months.
The Spanish government said earlier this week that it had given citizenship to Laporte.
Laporte, born in France, said he has family roots in the Basque region through his great-grandparents and spent eight years with Athletic Bilbao before being acquired by Man City in 2018.
FIFA rules allow changes of nationality if a player has lived in a country where he was not born for at least five years, or if the change takes place in the country of birth of his parents or grandparents. .
Spain’s Euro 2020 opener is scheduled for June 14 in Seville against Sweden.