Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte will switch international allegiance from France to Spain ahead of Euro 2020, according to reports.
The 26-year-old has yet to earn a cap for the France national team despite playing for one of the best teams in the Premier League over the past few seasons.
Laporte has been called up by France boss Didier Deschamps before but he has never made it onto the pitch under the former Chelsea midfielder.
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Speaking back in December 2018, Laporte insisted that he wouldn’t be swapping France for Spain any time soon despite claiming Deschamps wasn’t picking him for “personal reasons”.
Laporte said: “The coach isn’t picking me for personal reasons, but I have to respect that. I don’t think it’s a sporting issue. You’ll have to ask him why he doesn’t call me. I don’t have anything against him. If someone has a problem, it’s him with me.
“I’m not going to call him. The only person who can solve this is the coach, but playing for Spain is out of the question. I’m fighting to play for France because I’m French. I don’t have dual citizenship and I’m not going to apply for it.”
But Spanish publication Marca claim Laporte ‘will play’ for Spain at the European Championship after Spain coach Luis Enrique ‘asked the leaders of the Spanish Football Federation weeks ago to study the possibility’ of Laporte switching.
It is said that Laporte’s response ‘was positive and the machinery was set in motion to achieve the OK from FIFA’ with Marca adding that ‘there is still a final procedure from FIFA, but it is a formality and the most arid and complicated work has been done.’
Laporte ‘meets all the requirements demanded by FIFA to be able to debut with the Spanish national team’ despite playing for France at numerous youth levels.
Deschamps apparently feels it is ‘not necessary’ to compete with Spain as the France boss has already made his mind up on the player.
Laporte, who has played 16 times in the Premier League this season for Manchester City, will provide the likes of Sergio Ramos, Eric Garcia, Pau Torres and Inigo Martinez with extra competition in Spain’s central defence.