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The Spanish Council of Ministers has granted Spanish nationality to Laporte, who was born in Agen, France however by no means performed for the French senior staff, regardless of three call-ups to the squad between 2016 and 2020.

File picture of Manchester Metropolis’s French defender Aymeric Laporte. Reuters

Madrid: Manchester Metropolis defender Aymeric Laporte has been accepted to play for Spain as an alternative of France at Euro 2020 this summer time, sources on the Spanish soccer federation (RFEF) confirmed to AFP on Tuesday.

The Spanish Council of Ministers has granted Spanish nationality to Laporte, who was born in Agen, France however by no means performed for the French senior staff, regardless of three call-ups to the squad between 2016 and 2020.

Laporte spent eight years with Athletic Bilbao between 2010 and 2018 earlier than leaving to affix Manchester Metropolis in England.

The Spanish Ministry for Sport instructed AFP on Tuesday the method had been initiated by the RFEF and was being “finalised”, with the data and consent of the participant.

It means Laporte may play for Spain at Euro 2020 this summer time, probably alongside Actual Madrid captain Sergio Ramos.

The 26-year-old can be a priceless addition to the Spanish squad, significantly given central defence has been an issue space for coach Luis Enrique.

Gerard Pique retired in 2018 and the spot subsequent to Ramos has been crammed by quite a few gamers, together with Villarreal’s Pau Torres, Actual Sociedad’s Inigo Martinez and Eric Garcia of Manchester Metropolis.

After a powerful begin at Metropolis, Laporte suffered a knee damage in 2019 and has not been an everyday beneath Pep Guardiola this time period.

France coach Didier Deschamps has a wealth of choices at centre-back, with Raphael Varane, Lucas Hernandez, Presnel Kimpembe, Clement Lenglet and Kurt Zouma amongst these picked forward of Laporte in latest months.

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Updated: May 11, 2021 — 8:34 pm

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