Manchester City smash transfer record to sign £57.2m Aymeric Laporte
Laporte arrives at Manchester City from Athletic Bilbao, with City strengthening their defence
January 30th, 2018
Manchester City are streets ahead of the competition in the Premier League and they have strengthened their defence by landing Aymeric Laporte for a club record £57.2 million.
“I am very happy to be here,” Laporte said. “City are a club with a lot of ambition and they are one of the best teams in Europe. I am looking forward to working under Pep Guardiola and trying to help the club achieve success. It means a lot that the club have shown faith in me and I am excited to get started.”
“We have assessed defensive options and he is a player we have admired for a long time,” said Txiki Begiristain, City’s director of football. “With his quality and ability to play out from the back, we feel Aymeric will fit in perfectly with Pep Guardiola’s playing style.”
Pep Guardiola said: “He’s played since a young age in La Liga so at a high level. He’s strong in the air and fast. He’s got good quality and we are delighted.”