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Guardiola backs Laporte for France call-up

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Aymeric Laporte has become one of the most crucial members of the Manchester City squad after his winter arrival from Athletic Bilbao – and his coach Pep Guardiola believes that his national team call-up is just a question of time.

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager opened up on his thoughts about the French centre-back as he claimed, according to mancity.com: “Laporte is not selected but he will be selected. It is difficult to find a better left central defender than him in the world.”

He also added that he leaves the decision on leaving the national teams on the players: “At some point, it’s good for them. It’s their decision – we never push for them to retire or tell them to play for their national team.”

“We cannot deny that for players who are 32, 33, 34, to have a week or ten days off to regenerate is good for their minds and legs.”

“On the other side, the World Cup or the Euros are huge competitions for them. In the end, it is their decision. The manager or the Club do not decide.”