Aymeric Laporte a defender of Manchester City will get an opportunity to play for Spain at the European Championship – Euro 2020. Marca reports that Spain head coach Luis Enrique approached the country’s Football Federation a few weeks ago to explore the naturalization of the 26-year-old defender.
Permission from FIFA has been granted as Laporte’s case meets the requirements that FIFA imposes on players in such situations, despite having played for France’s youth national teams. Laporte has agreed to play for Spain in Euro 2020 although he has never played for France’s main national team. Laporte’s naturalization will be made official soon, according to a source.
Laporte obtained Spanish nationality
As per Marca reports, Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte has officially been given the chance to play for the Spanish national team, after a few weeks ago Spanish head coach Luis Enrique asked the Spanish Football Federation to explore the possibility of naturalizing Laporte.
The naturalization of the 26-year-old player has been approved by the Council of Ministers. He has been granted Spanish nationality, the confirmation document was published today.
Laporte has never played for France’s main national team but has played for the youth and junior national teams. However, he has been granted a change of nationality by FIFA. The footballer was born in France but has Basque roots. He began his professional career at Athletic from Bilbao before being acquired by Man City for £57m in January 2018. The player has featured in 27 games this season for Manchester City in all competitions.