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Tuesday June 14 2016
Laporte staying at Athletic

Aymeric Laporte has rejected Manchester City to stay with Athletic Bilbao and become the highest-paid player in the club’s history.

Athletic on Monday evening confirmed a contract renewal for the 22-year-old, who it was believed was close to joining Pep Guardiola at the Etihad Stadium.

Instead, Laporte’s contract has been renewed until 2020 with a clause of €65m until 2018, with the stipulation then rising to €70m for the duration of the deal.

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Monday May 16 2016
Urrutia: Athletic could keep Laporte

Josu Urrutia has made it clear that Athletic Bilbao could yet keep Aymeric Laporte this summer, despite heavy speculation about the defender’s future.

Athletic ended the season fifth in La Liga thanks to Saturday’s 3-1 victory over Sevilla in their final match of the campaign, but much of Urrutia’s post-match interview focused on where Laporte would ply his trade next term, amidst reports Manchester City were ready to activate the Frenchman’s €50m buyout clause.

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Saturday May 7 2016
‘Laporte is still our player…’

Ernesto Valverde hopes Aymeric Laporte stays at Athletic Bilbao as he looks toward the end of the season.

Laporte has been strongly linked with Manchester City - though has publically denied any agreement with the Premier League club - and Valverde recalled the last time the defender was said to be about to leave San Mames.

“In the same way, I didn’t think about it two years ago, when there was talk about him going to Barcelona, Real Madrid and I don’t know how many teams, the information was framed in the same way,” he noted, AS reports.

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Wednesday May 4 2016
Laporte commits to Athletic

Aymeric Laporte has refuted speculation that Manchester City are closing in on his signature as “my loyalty and profound respect for Athletic Bilbao is full”.

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Monday May 2 2016
City ‘to meet Laporte clause’

Basque television claims Manchester City will activate Aymeric Laporte’s €50m buyout clause this summer as Athletic Bilbao are resigned to the defender’s exit.

The Premier League has long been considered a possible destination for Laporte, despite only signing a contract extension last summer, and ETB reports President Josu Urrutia and Coach Ernesto Valverde are aware of City’s intentions, Pep Guardiola set to take charge of the English giants.

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Tuesday April 26 2016
Bailly emerging as Barca target?

Villarreal defender Eric Bailly has reportedly emerged as Barcelona’s alternative to Jose Gimenez, Aymeric Laporte and Marquinhos.

Mundo Deportivo says technical secretary Robert Fernandez has seen Bailly play on a number of occasions as he has been watching Denis Suarez, but the Ivory Coast international has made a good impression.

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Wednesday March 30 2016
Laporte looking at four months out

Aymeric Laporte’s season is over after it was confirmed the Athletic Bilbao defender will need three to four months to recover from a fractured ankle.

Laporte suffered the injury representing the France Under-21 side against Scotland and Mundo Deportivo reports that after surgery, he will be unavailable until the summer.

The injury rules Laporte out of not only the rest of the campaign but ends his chances of breaking into Les Bleus’ senior squad for Euro 2016.

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Friday March 25 2016
Season over for Laporte?

Athletic Bilbao could be without Aymeric Laporte for the rest of the season after the defender suffered an ankle fracture while on France Under-21 duty.

The defender looked to be in some distress when he was hauled off an hour into his country’s 2-0 victory over Scotland in European U21 Championship qualifying on Friday after his right ankle took the full weight of an opponent.

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Thursday March 24 2016
Laporte stretchered off in France

Aymeric Laporte  stretchered off during France Under-21s’ game against Scotland but it’s not known if the Athletic Bilbao defender suffered serious injury.

AS reports Laporte was in tears as he left the field with an injury to his right leg, footage showing Laporte experiencing an awkward fall with his leg caught under his body.

There’s no medical update available, AS note, so it remains to be seen if the Athletic centre-back has suffered an injury or if he escaped from the incident unharmed.

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Thursday March 24 2016
Barca want Gameiro, Laporte?

Barcelona reportedly want a striker with La Liga experience next season, possibly Sevilla’s Kevin Gameiro, and Aymeric Laporte could be an option in defence.

Mundo Deportivo reports technical director Ariedo Braida is working on transfer targets and Luis Enrique was to see his front line bolstered.

A centre-back is also on the list and Barca have been linked with Paris Saint-Germain’s Marquinhos, Athletic Bilbao’s Aymeric Laporte and Villarreal’s Mateo Musacchio.

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