Aymeric Laporte signs new two-year deal at Man City

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 06: Aymeric Laporte of Manchester City celebrates with John Stones of Manchester City after he scores his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Manchester City at Goodison Park on February 06, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Manchester City have announced that Aymeric Laporte has signed a two-year contract extension.

The French centre-back joined City in January 2018 for a club-record transfer fee of £57m and instantly became an integral member of Pep Guardiola’s squad.

In his first six months at the Etihad Stadium, Laporte made 13 appearances in all competitions as City clinched the domestic double in the Premier League and the Carabao Cup in dominant fashion.

And Laporte’s importance to the City squad has only grown this season after registering 36 appearances already and contributing towards five goals.

Now the Premier League champions have decided to act quickly and tie down Laporte’s long-term future on the back of his impressive progress.

“I could not be happier to commit my long-term future to Manchester City,” Laporte told the club website.

“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 to fulfil all my ambitions.”

Director of Football Txiki Begiristain added: “Aymeric is a huge talent and the fact he has committed his best years to us is something to celebrate.

MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 12: Mario Goetze (R) of Muenchen and Juergen Klopp, head coach of Dortmund shake hands prior to the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Borussia Dortmund at Allianz Arena on April 12, 2014 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Lennart Preiss/Bongarts/Getty Images)

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“We knew before we brought him here that he had outstanding potential but his improvement over the past 12 months has been exceptional.

“We want to construct a young, vibrant side, and Aymeric fits perfectly into our plans. His style of play suits us and his attitude since the day he arrived has been first class.

“He can be as good as he wants to be, and Manchester City will be a better side with him in it over the coming seasons.”

Laporte will likely get the nod by Guardiola to start in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final for City against Chelsea at Wembley with kick-off set for 5:30 PM (CET).


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