Laporte dismisses Barca rumours

Aymeric Laporte wants to focus on playing Champions League football for Athletic Bilbao, not rumours of a move to Barcelona.

The central defender has been an integral part of the Leones’ starting XI this term, helping the team achieve their goal of a top four finish.

And after the San Mames side beat Rayo Vallecano to confirm their Champions League status, the teenager insisted that rumours of a switch to Barca weren’t his concern.

“We played really well as we have been doing all year,” he told a Press conference.

“This is a great day for the club, and we’re delighted to be in the Champions League next season.

“[Coach Ernesto] Valverde has helped a lot. He’s given me a lot of confidence and has helped me grow a lot quicker than I would have otherwise.

“I want to focus on playing in the Champions League with Athletic. I won’t talk about anything else.

“I’m not focused on rumours.”

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