Aymeric Laporte had to watch the World Cup from home this summer after being snubbed by France manager Didier Deschamps despite a stellar personal season for Manchester City.
During Laporte's playing days for Athletic Bilbao in La Liga, he was urged by former Spain manager Julen Lopetegui to consider switching nationalities and playing for La Roja as he had yet to make a senior appearance for the French national team.
New Spain boss Luis Enrique hopes to convince Aymeric Laporte to choose Spain over France. Laporte could be the left-footed centre-back Enrique uses at Euro 2020. [Mundo Deportivo] pic.twitter.com/9SDi6m3ThD— City Watch (@City_Watch) July 19, 2018
The back end of the Spanish national side could be a much better fit for Laporte, as it would be difficult to dethrone Raphael Varane or Samuel Umtiti from the starting squad of Les Bleus in the next few years. The Spanish defence however will likely look for a ball-playing defender to replace the likes of Gerard Pique and Sergio Ramos in future campaigns.
Laporte, who arrived at Manchester City in January for a hefty
Most expensive defence in football history...— Mohamed Moallim (@iammoallim) July 19, 2018
GK: Alisson (Liverpool)
RB: Kyle Walker gbeng(Man City)
CB: Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)
CB: Aymeric Laporte (Man City)
LB: Benjamin Mendy (Man City) pic.twitter.com/gRFdYOnZxp
“It didn't come as a surprise to me that I wasn't involved. I hadn't been in the previous squad that had been named without me.
"Pep is the best manager in the world, he's always looking to help me get better and improve my game.