Aymeric Laporte says he will ‘see what happens’ after the Euro 2020 tournament as he dropped another hint over his Manchester City future.
Back in February, after being recalled to the City team at Burnley, Laporte was asked an innocuous question about returning to the starting line up, and gave a response about his Etihad future.
“At the moment I’m here, I’ll play today, we’ll see what happens,” he said. “I’m happy at City, I always thought I’d spend many years here. I hope that will happen. I will see what happens between now and the end of the season but for now I’m happy.”
It was a strange answer that suggested Laporte wasn’t too pleased with playing back-up to Ruben Dias and John Stones, and he has now told the Independent that he has found the rotation policy difficult to accept this season.
He said: “It’s a very different challenge because I never played less than this year. For me it’s very different, that is difficult to accept.”
Part of his reduced playing time has come from John Stones’ renaissance, with the England man striking up a better partnership with Dias than Laporte has.
Keeping his cards close to his chest, Laporte said Stones’ turnaround in form is a good thing, but admitted it has impacted on his chances of playing as much as possible.
Laporte said: “It’s good. He was not playing during the last two years but he’s come back now. I’m happy for him to enjoy his football. I didn’t get benefits because I played less, but it’s good.”
Should Laporte start the Champions League final vs Chelsea? Let us know in the comments here.
Playing at the top level clearly matters to Laporte, so much so he has switched allegiances from France to Spain for this summer’s Euro 2020 tournament after being regularly snubbed by Didier Deschamps. And with a call-up for Spain ahead of Sergio Ramos secured at the first time of asking, Laporte again hinted that his future at City might not be guaranteed.
He said: “Personally, I’m happy with what I’ve done this season. When I’ve played, I’ve played really good. Of course you can always improve but I am happy with all that, and I hope I can do a very good Euro, then we’ll see what can happen.
“When you asked me that [before the Burnley game] in this period I was playing more I think or maybe less but I don’t know, the situation is very different now. I will not say nothing here, it’s something personal.”