Laporte has not been included in France’s lineup since appearing on the bench in their 2-0 loss to Spain back in March of 2017.
Aymeric Laporte says Didier Deschamps has “personal reasons” for not letting him debut for the French squad, yet. Despite Laporte becoming a regular starter in Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City this season, Deschamps hasn’t given the youngster an opportunity.
Laporte is sure that Deschamps’ decision is not based on his current form on the pitch.
“There is a coach and he doesn’t call me, so I need to wait, to keep working and that’s it,” Laporte told EiTB, according to FourFourTwo.
“Of course I don’t think it’s because of a sporting issue, you’d have to ask him personally, I don’t have anything personal against him, but if someone has a problem it’s him and not me.
“I could be a world champion… but these are the decisions of the coach, who is not calling me for, I think, personal reasons, and I have to respect him.
“I’m not going to call him. Why? To slam him?
“I’m still working in the club, playing at the highest level for this kind of thing [an international call-up]. The only person who can solve this is the coach.”
Laporte started his career at Athletic Bilbao before moving to Premier League champions Manchester City in January of 2018. He could also be eligible to play for Spain, but the 24-year-old wants to play for his birth country, instead.
“Play with Spain? I think that’s already closed, but even so I opt for France because I’m French,” Laporte said.
“I don’t have dual citizenship and I’m not going to ask for it. I don’t know if playing with Spain is possible.”