Man City complete Laporte signing
Man City have completed the club record signing of French central defender Aymeric Laporte from Spanish side Athletic Bilbao.
The 23-year-old has reportedly cost the Citizens in the region of £57million, with Laporte signing a contract which runs until the summer of 2023.
City are a club with a lot of ambition and they are one of the best teams in Europe.
City had been keen to strengthen their central defensive options, with skipper Vincent Kompany continuing to struggle for fitness, while John Stones has also been sidelined in recent times.
And director of football Txiki Begiristain believes that Laporte will prove to be a good addition to a squad who are chasing silverware on four fronts this season.
He told the club’s official website: “We are delighted to have signed Aymeric. We have assessed defensive options and he is a player we have admired for a long time.
“With his quality and ability to play out from the back, we feel Aymeric will fit in perfectly with Pep Guardiola’s playing style.”
Meanwhile, Laporte himself added: “City are a club with a lot of ambition and they are one of the best teams in Europe.
“I am looking forward to working under Pep Guardiola and trying to help the club to achieve success. It means a lot that the club have shown faith in me and I am excited to get started.”
Laporte, who has yet to make his senior international debut, had spent the whole of his senior career to date with Bilbao, making well over 150 La Liga appearances for the Basque club.
The Citizens are currently available at 9/4 to lift the FA Cup this season, while they are 2/5 to defeat Arsenal in the League Cup final next month and 10/3 to win the Champions League for the first time in their history.