Laporte to swap France for Spain ahead of Euro 2020

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Laporte to swap France for Spain ahead of Euro 2020

Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte will switch international allegiance from France to Spain ahead of Euro 2020, according to reports.

The 26-year-old has yet to earn a cap for the France national team despite playing for one of the best teams in the Premier League over the past few seasons.

Laporte has been called up by France boss Didier Deschamps before but he has never made it onto the pitch under the former midfielder.


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Speaking back in December 2018, Laporte insisted that he wouldn’t be swapping France for Spain any time soon despite claiming Deschamps wasn’t picking him for “personal reasons”.

Laporte said: “The coach isn’t picking me for personal reasons, but I have to respect that. I don’t think it’s a sporting issue. You’ll have to ask him why he doesn’t call me. I don’t have anything against him. If someone has a problem, it’s him with me.

“I’m not going to call him. The only person who can solve this is the coach, but playing for Spain is out of the question. I’m fighting to play for France because I’m French. I don’t have dual citizenship and I’m not going to apply for it.”

But Spanish publication  claim Laporte ‘will play’ for Spain at the European Championship after Spain coach Luis Enrique ‘asked the leaders of the Spanish Football Federation weeks ago to study the possibility’ of Laporte switching.

It is said that Laporte’s response ‘was positive and the machinery was set in motion to achieve the OK from FIFA’ with Marca adding that ‘there is still a final procedure from FIFA, but it is a formality and the most arid and complicated work has been done.’

Laporte ‘meets all the requirements demanded by FIFA to be able to debut with the Spanish national team’ despite playing for France at numerous youth levels.

Deschamps apparently feels it is ‘not necessary’ to compete with Spain as the France boss has already made his mind up on the player.

Laporte, , will provide the likes of Sergio Ramos, Eric Garcia, Pau Torres and Inigo Martinez with extra competition in Spain’s central defence.

 

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‘It will be soon’ – Cantona backs Man Utd to win title under Ole

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‘It will be soon’ – Cantona backs Man Utd to win title under Ole

Eric Cantona has backed former team-mate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to put what he learned from Sir Alex Ferguson to good use and lead Man Utd to another Premier League title.

The Frenchman, who won the league four times – including two doubles – during his four a half years at Old Trafford in the 1990s, is convinced that, like Pep Guardiola did under Johan Cruyff at Barcelona, Solskjaer gleaned what he needed from the Scot during his playing days and he can now mount a serious challenge to the Spaniard’s Manchester City side.

Cantona told : “It’s important to win any kind of trophies, and United still have a chance to win the league – but a small chance.


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“But in the near future, I hope next year they can win the league. Now they have found somebody like Ole, who was a player when Alex Ferguson was manager – like Guardiola was a player when Johan Cruyff was the manager of Barcelona.

“He learned a lot with Johan Cruyff and he became a great manager with the same kind of football identity, philosophy of football.

“Ole was a player when Alex Ferguson was there and he learned a lot. He was lucky to play with Alex Ferguson – like I was, but I decided to do something else, and other players too.

“Ole decided to become a manager, so I think it’s great to have today a manager who knows the identity of this club and the philosophy and the DNA.

“He’s got the DNA of this club and he learned a lot with Alex Ferguson, so I can’t wait for United to win the league again – and it will be soon.”

Second-placed Man Utd, who have not won the league since 2013, are currently 10 points behind leaders City with four games remaining and the more realistic trophy opportunity this season will come in the Europa League final against Villarreal on May 26.

However, off the pitch, the club – or at least their ownership – are facing a fresh battle for hearts and minds following the part Man Utd played .

A scathing Cantona said: “We’ve heard for 20 years that some rich clubs wanted to build this league and it’s unbelievable that, in 20 years, none of them could anticipate the reaction of the fans and didn’t inform anybody.

“What is unbelievable is that, in 20 years, all the guys went to school until the age of 30 or 35, so they are very smart, intelligent, and none of them could anticipate the reaction of the fans.

“Now they just have to say ‘sorry’ because now they realise that it was just a stupid idea and they had to respect the fans.

“It’s good sometimes that something like this happens and you build something else and something stronger from that. I’m very optimistic. I hope they will use this moment maybe a lot to give more power to the fans.”

He added: “That’s the way Manchester United built this club. In the bad moments and tragedies and success, always try to unite the people and use any moment of history to build this club even stronger.”

 

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