Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Spain Target City Defender after World Cup Disaster

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Spain Target City Defender after World Cup Disaster

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SPAIN are said to want Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte to join them after their disastrous World Cup showing.

La Roja crashed out in the last 16 against hosts Russia, and are already seeking to rebuild parts of their ageing squad - including at centre-back.

They have an established pairing in Barcelona's Gerard Pique and Real Madrid star Sergio Ramos, but no real alternatives - in Russia they only had Nacho and full back Cesar Azpilicueta as back-up.

They also have Athletic Bilbao's Inigo Martinez and Barca's Marc Bartra, but the field is wide open.

And City's record signing Laporte is STILL eligible to play for Spain at senior level, despite representing regularly at youth level.

The £57million buy is of Basque descent, and two years ago Spain national team manager Julen Lopetegui - who quit his job just before the World Cup - persuaded him to start the process of becoming eligible for Spain, after his impressive displays for Athletic Bilbao. …

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