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FIFA Approves Manchester City Laporte Spain Switch

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defender Aymeric Laporte has been approved to play for instead of France at Euro 2020, told AFP on Friday.

The news comes after the 26-year-old defender spent eight years at Athletic Bilbao was granted Spanish nationality earlier this week.

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Why The Switch?

Born in Agen in France he was called up three times for Les Blues but never actually made it onto the pitch.

France coach Didier Deschamps has a wealth of options at centre-back, with Raphael Varane, Lucas Hernandez, Presnel Kimpembe, Clement Lenglet and Kurt Zouma among those picked ahead of Laporte in recent months.

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Instead, Laporte is now set to play for Spain at Euro 2020, potentially alongside Real Madrid captain .

He could be a valuable addition to the Spanish squad given the central defence has been a problem area for coach Luis Enrique.

Gerard Pique retired in 2018 and the spot next to Ramos has been filled by a number of players, including Villarreal’s Pau Torres, Real Sociedad’s Inigo Martinez and Eric Garcia of Manchester City.

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