Aymeric Laporte, Manchester City Agree to New Contract Through 2025

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist IIFebruary 22, 2019

Aymeric Laporte of Manchester City during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 match between Schalke 04 and Manchester City at Arena Auf Schalke on February 20, 2019 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)
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Manchester City announced on Friday they have agreed a new contract with Aymeric Laporte that will keep the defender at the Etihad Stadium until 2025:

Laporte only joined Manchester City in January 2018 on a five-year deal from Athletic Bilbao, but he has quickly established himself as a key player in Pep Guardiola's side.

The 24-year-old has featured in every one of Manchester City's Premier League games this season, and the club have moved quickly to secure his long-term future.

Laporte spoke about his happiness at Manchester City after penning his two-year extension at the Etihad Stadium, per Rob Pollard at the club's official website.

"I could not be happier to commit my long-term future to Manchester City. Since the day I arrived here, I have been made to feel welcome by Pep and all the players. 

"This club offers me everything I need to improve my game. I've already made great strides and I want to continue getting better and better. 

"Obviously, I want to win silverware and I feel City is the best place for me to fulfil all my ambitions."

He also took to social media to thank Manchester City for his new deal:

Squawka Football highlighted how he has stood out at Manchester City this season:

Laporte helped Manchester City win the Premier League and the Carabao Cup last season. He looks on target for more silverware in the current campaign, as Pep Guardiola's side remain in contention on four fronts.

Opta noted his impressive win percentage in England's top flight:

Yet despite his success with the Citizens, Laporte is still yet to receive a first international call-up from France manager Didier Deschamps. 

The France boss is believed to have reservations about his attitude:

Laporte told EiTB (h/t the Mirror's Robert O'Connor) his international exclusion is down to personal and not sporting reasons.

There's no doubt that Laporte is good enough to play for the World Cup winners, and Deschamps may find it increasingly difficult to overlook him in the future.

The centre-back is a perfect fit for Guardiola's style of play and has developed into one of the Premier League's top defenders since joining Manchester City.

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