Citizens star wants France over Spain

English Premier League

Laporte, 24, joined City in January last season in a then club-record £57m deal after racking up 222 appearances for Athletic Bilbao.

Since joining the Premier League champions, the technically gifted central defender has yet to taste defeat in the Premier League and has impressed within Pep Guardiola's possession-based system.

However, with being rated as one of Europe's finest defenders, his uncertain international future has begun to raise eyebrows.

But Laporte, who is of Basque descent and moved to Spain eight years ago is only interested in representing France - after featuring at four different youth levels throughout his burgeoning career.

There were reports in the off-season when Laporte was not selected for Les Blues World Cup squad - that he could switch allegiance to La Roja.

But when asked ahead of City's UEFA Champions League fixture against Lyon he said; "I don't have any news, either way, to be honest with you.

"Regarding what was said about me playing for Spain, firstly it never happened and secondly I don't think it will happen either.

"It's probably not possible so if anything I will play for France. I will play for France but obviously only if I get selected. That's not up to me that's up to the manager."

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