Aymeric Laporte says he targets becoming the best centre-back in the world - and says to do so, he has to become as good as Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos.
Ramos has struggled at Real so far this season, as they look to bounce back from the departures of Cristiano Ronaldo and manager Zinedine Zidane, under whom they won three successive Champions Leagues, and have already sacked the latter's successor due to poor form in La Liga.
Sergio Ramos scored his 100th career goal last night, as he also scored in his fourth consecutive match for Spain.— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) November 16, 2018
Only 13 of his 100 goals are penalties...
An absolutely insane record for a centre-back! 😳👏 pic.twitter.com/XBPquncrjF
Despite his momentary struggles, however, Laporte believes that Ramos remains the benchmark for defenders, telling the Evening Standard:
“City have Vincent Kompany, Nicolas Otamendi, John Stones - all great defenders and we can all learn off each other. To get to the top, you must have an edge to your game, like Ramos does.”
Laporte Stats: Since joining Manchester City in January 2018 Aymeric Laporte has not lost a Premier League game.— City Chief ️ (@City_Chief) November 11, 2018
Clean sheets: 11
Another 9/10 performance. pic.twitter.com/7Cp96NXYa9
Speaking about adapting to English football, he added that it's hard work - but he's loving it.
“It’s similar to Spain, but more physical, and I am really enjoying that aspect of it.
“Every training session you take part in, you have to work very hard and train hard because there is no other way to get where you want to be - it’s not a secret and not a magic formula - just hard work and application.”