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Aymeric Laporte
Gender Male
Ethnic French
Job French Footballer
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Org France National Team
Club as Player Manchester City

2018 11 24 Retrieve

Do I want to be the best defender in Europe? Of course. Sergio Ramos is probably the best centre-back in the world at the moment. We know we have to match his standards or better him, if we are to be as good as he is. To get to the top, you must have an edge to your game, like Ramos does

2019 07 22 Retrieve

[Aymeric Laporte has insisted he is ready to fight for his starting spot at Manchester City irrespective of the club’s transfer activity] Hopefully it can be the same this year. I’m here to start. I’m going to work for that. I don’t know [if the club will buy]. Ask Pep what he wants. I think the three of us [Laporte, John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi] are putting ourselves forward to play every game, but we don’t decide. The club decides for us

2019 08 12 Retrieve

[Aymeric Laporte is already confident Rodri is the right man to provide competition to Fernandinho in the Manchester City midfield] He can do that at Fernandinho’s level. Fernandinho does it a lot. I think the two are very good, they offer a lot to the team, most of all when we play out from the back

2019 08 17 Tweet

[Aymeric Laporte and several of his Manchester City team-mates have expressed frustration over Gabriel Jesus seeing a late strike against Tottenham disallowed by VAR] Tough game! Learning to get used to external factors! Keep working!

2019 09 04 Retrieve

[Manchester City have confirmed that Aymeric Laporte has successfully completed surgery on his injured knee] Aymeric Laporte has undergone surgery on his knee after damaging his cartilage and lateral meniscus during Saturday’s win over Brighton. The surgery, carried out by Dr. Ramon Cugat in Barcelona, was successful and a more detailed prognosis will be provided in due course. Everyone at City wishes Aymeric a full and speedy recovery

2019 09 04b Retrieve

[Aymeric Laporte himself also took to social media to provide an update of his own] Hi everyone! After successful completion of yesterday evenings surgery, I would like to say thanks for all your messages of support during the last few days. I feel truly loved and so thankful about it. I am sad for not being able to join the national team and to not fulfil my dream of making the debut with Les Bleus. I would like to thank the Coach for being so supportive. From now on we start counting down the days to go back to the pitch

2019 12 02 Retrieve

[Aymeric Laporte is hoping to make his long-awaited return to the Manchester City side early in 2020] [It] is going very well. Still I need time but I hope as soon as possible I can come back and play with my teammates. I can’t say when exactly but more or less one month-and-a-half to two months. I feel my importance to this team. Pep has given me all his confidence and I’m very happy for that. I believe in the team, I hope we can do many, many good things and this year win many trophies, just like last year

[There will be plenty to fight for once Laporte comes back into contention] Yes, of course [City can win the title]. Last year was quite similar when [Liverpool] had a similar lead but we still have time this year to recover, to catch them and to again try to win the Premier League, so we hope we can do that. We need to make sure we work a lot and don’t lose any more games

2020 01 22 Retrieve

[Aymeric Laporte appreciated Pep Guardiola’s assertion that he’s the world’s best left-sided centre-back] You would have to ask him about that, but I think it’s great to hear that from this manager because he’s one of the best in the world, if not the best. I’m very happy to hear that, but I have to work to be this. I have to keep going to stay there [at the top].

I’m happy to be back on the field. It was very important for me to be back with the team, to be involved in everything. I think it is a good day, we won the game and I’m very happy to be back. The last two years were very tough but this year other teams have improved and have made some transfers. Others have improved, and they have studied us, too. It gets more difficult every year so we have to stay focused, work a lot and concentrate, and be more like we have in the last two years, and try to win every single game

[Laporte hopes to be in contention for next week’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against Manchester United] Normally I would have been [back] later. I spoke with the manager and he told me he wanted me to play. I’m very happy to be back and to be part of the team again. You will have to ask the manager [about the derby] but I will be there, I will be there with the team. The manager will decide everything

2020 02 20 Retrieve

[Aymeric Laporte insists that Manchester City’s impending ban from the Champions League will not act as extra motivation] We are professionals, a big team with big personalities in the dressing room, and I think we just think about football, nothing else. We are professionals and have to do our job. That’s all.

We don’t need more motivation for anything. Every game is tough and we have to be focused. The Champions League is important for us and we want the best campaign we can do

It wasn’t too soon [to come back] - maybe it was sooner than we expected but I felt good and confident and had one or two weeks to rest. It was not easy to come back after five months, to play on that pitch. It was very tough, but not too soon. My recovery was about coming back as soon as possible, not just for Real Madrid. I want to play in every game - West Ham, Leicester, Madrid, it doesn’t matter. I was fit and available, but the Sheffield game was tough and I was tired. I rested, that’s all. It’s been tough and long but I am here and happy to be back. Now I’m looking forward to fighting until the end of the season

2020 02 26 Retrieve

[Man City dealt defensive blow against Madrid as tearful Laporte limps off] You would have to ask him about that, but I think it’s great to hear that from this manager because he’s one of the best in the world, if not the best. I’m very happy to hear that, but I have to work to be this. I have to keep going to stay there [at the top]. I’m happy to be back on the field. It was very important for me to be back with the team, to be involved in everything

2020 03 20 Retrieve

[Aymeric Laporte ‘very happy’ at Man City amid Champions League ban transfer fears] We are waiting for a final decision. We are going to see what happens next season. Obviously it would hurt us a lot if we aren’t in the Champions League next season. I am very happy here at Manchester City. I am enjoying my football here. We are doing great things here. In the last two years we have won eight trophies

That’s (a personal training schedule) the best thing for everyone, that we do it every day. They trust in you and you have to be professional. You have to follow what they say and we have to be responsible in this case. When we return to normality, when we start training again outside, we have to be ready

[on his actions during a period of quarantine for much of the global population] We have the same protocol as has been given out in all countries: stay at home as much as possible, don’t go out in the street, don’t shake hands with anyone. If you go to the supermarket and you see someone you know, say hello to them, but don’t shake their hands or get close to them

2020 04 14 Retrieve

[Deschamps’ decision to recall Laporte in August does at least offer some hope that there has been a thawing of an icy relationship between the pair] I spoke with Didier Deschamps about coming back for Les Bleus, I am trying to show that I have the qualities to make the French national team. Certainly, making the Euros at the end of this [season] would be the best thing

Of course I don’t think it’s because of a sporting issue, you’d have to ask him personally, I don’t have anything personal against him, but if someone has a problem it’s him and not me. I could be a world champion… but these are the decisions of the coach, who is not calling me for, I think, personal reasons, and I have to respect him

2020 05 01 Retrieve

[Aymeric Laporte admits it’s been difficult to cope without football for a second time after the Covid-19 pandemic shut down football] For me, it was a long time without football on the pitch and it was so difficult. The second time without football and it is always difficult; don’t touch the ball, don’t be on the pitch in the stadium playing in front of the fans and everything. We have to keep it how it is and waiting for what is the best for our health which, is the most important right now

I feel fit, no problems. At home I have many things to do, to train, to run. I have a bike, I have weights, I have many things. I cannot do everything, because it’s is not like being on the pitch. The club gave us a training programme to do at home. Sometimes train together with all of the team. They have given us many things to practice and to do at home. It is strange but now it is normal. Of course [it is important to stay in touch], we have to keep in touch to be a team and to stay a team. It is a good thing. I don’t know [who I miss seeing the most]. All of them because maybe some days there is one player not in the locker rooms and you feel they are not there

[Laporte has been playing games of FIFA 20] Don’t ask me about FIFA because I don’t know. Everyone says they are the best so I can’t pick just one of them. I am not the best for sure. I don’t look to improve; I just want to have fun

2020 05 02 Retrieve

[Aymeric Laporte is eager to conclude Manchester City’s Champions League campaign] I’m missing football a lot - I want to play and train, and I think it’s the first time in my life I have not played for this length of time. Hopefully, soon we’ll be back on the pitch and in the Champions League too. We are waiting for news on what the experts say about that, and this is the most important thing. They are the best at doing this job, and they will try to make the best decision for everyone

[Laporte limped out of the Real Madrid match and has confirmed that there is no lasting damage after his setback] When we return, I’ll be back in good physical condition. Of course, what we are doing is not the same sport. You need more than just running… you need the ball, the feel of the grass and the contact. I don’t have it at home, so hopefully, soon we’ll be back on the pitch. It was not a big injury, it was just something light. I needed one or two weeks to rest, so I would have been fine for the second leg. It wasn’t as bad as it could’ve been. Everything - my hamstring, my knee - is now OK

2020 05 02b Retrieve

[The French defender worked under the enigmatic Argentine at Athletic and is now enjoying his time with a former Barca boss. The City star told of Bielsa and Guardiola] I think they are maybe the best two managers in the world. They are very different but they know everything about football - different things, but they know everything

2020 05 02 Retrieve

[Laporte comments on Vincent Kompany] Vincent is a very good football player and he’s a very good person. He’s a top man and he helped all of us when we arrived in the locker room. He was attentive to everything, he was trying to help in every session. In training he was working the most and an example for everyone

2020 05 02 Retrieve

[He feels he has fully adjusted to life in the Premier League, with his reputation being enhanced along the way, but admits life in England has taken some getting used to] In Spain things are more tactical but here it is stronger. You have to be focused, the referee will not signal for fouls if they are a small one. It’s not difficult, but different. I understand that I have to be stronger than ever