Laporte: A dream to replace Puyol

Aymeric Laporte has admitted he is flattered to be linked to Barcelona but stresses he has two years left on his Athletic Bilbao contract.

Sport reports that France international Laporte has told L’Equipe that talk of a move to Camp Nou has left him almost speechless.

“It’s amazing that La Blaugrana has been looking at me,” the 20-year-old said.

“When we’re talking about Carles Puyol, we’re talking about a myth of football.

“And Barca won everything with him in recent years. It would be a dream.

“But I have a contract with Athletic until 2018. At the moment there is nothing concrete.

“I am happy at Bilbao and have a clause of €36m. If one day it’s time to leave I will think about it but at the moment, I’m calm.

“Staying at Athletic a disappointment? No. In any case I’m on a great team and playing in one of the best Leagues in the world.”

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