The reason why Aymeric Laporte plays with Spain and not with France

Spain tonight faces the last match of the group stage of the Eurocup against Albania with the pass to the second round in the pocket. Their victory against Italy (1-0) left Nico Williams and Marc Cucurella as protagonists, who played a superb match but also to Aymeric Laporte. The latter not because of his performance on the field but because of the controversy over his patriotism that has been talked about so much in recent days.

The center back made his debut in the Euro Cup on Thursday in the match against Italy after an injury prevented him from participating in La Roja’s debut against Croatia. His debut alongside Le Normand, a French nationalized Spanish like him, sparked some xenophobic comments on the networks, including one from the Taburete singer, Willy Bárcenas, son of the former treasurer of the PP. «It makes me angry that Spain’s centre-backs are French. Le norrrrrmand, Lapoggggte, don’t fuck with me. Despite everything, let’s go Spain! » wrote the singer.

“For me the national team is very important, it is the most important thing in my sporting career, it is where I have enjoyed the most in recent years. It is an honor to represent Spain. Every time I wear the shirt I feel super proud, very identified, and at the same time I hope it continues like this and that we can achieve great things in this tournament,” the footballer responded.

But who is Aymeric Laporte and why does he play for Spain?

Aymeric Jean Louis Gérard Alphonse Laporte Fèvre, better known as Aymeric Laporte, was born in Agen (France). He is the second child of the marriage formed by Lionel and Marie-José Laporte,both coming from the aforementioned French town. His father, Lionel Laporte, was a supermarket worker, while his mother, Marie-José, worked as a hairdresser. His paternal grandfather, Pierre Laporte, was a rugby player and his maternal grandfather, Jacques Dupont, a prominent local tennis player. He does not have Spanish ancestors and his connection with our country comes from his signing for the youth teams of Athletic Bilbao. An operation that was not easy either since the Basque club’s states do not allow foreign players. What it does allow is to incorporate footballers who have trained in clubs in what they consider Euskal Herria. So the solution was to loan him for a year to Aviron Bayona, a club that maintains ties with the people of Bilbao and falls within his philosophy.

He joined Athletic Club in 2009 after attracting attention in a friendly tournament in February. defending the colors of the Aquitaine national team.9​10​ In the 2009-2010 season, as he was not 16 years old – the minimum age to play outside his native country – he played on loan for the French Aviron Bayonne – the agreed club -, although he regularly trained in the cadet A of the Athletic Club. In 2010 he joined the Athletic Club youth team. In February 2011, after having played a friendly with the first team, he signed his first professional contract as a youth player.. In April 2011 He was proclaimed national champion with the Euskadi U-18 team after defeating Castilla y León (1-0) in the final along with teammates like Kepa, Galarreta or Lekue.14​ In the 2011-12 season he played for Bilbao’s second reserve team, CD Basconia, in the Third Division. After starting the 2012-13 season at Bilbao Athletic, on November 28 he made his debut with the first team coached by Marcelo Bielsa in a Europa League match against Hapoel Kiryat Shmona. He quickly became a fixture in lineups to play center back or left back.

In In 2018 he signed for Manchester United and in 2023 his signing for Al Nassr for around 27 million euros was confirmed.

However, Laporte began his international career with France. He arrived with the lower categories of France more than 50 games (eleven times with the U-17, nine with the U-18, twelve with the U-19 and nineteen with the U-21) and his arrival at “La Roja” could be summed up in one sentence: “He got tired of waiting.”

Spanish from 2021

Your naturalization It was strictly due to sporting issues. Given the impossibility of playing for France because he did not count in the plans of French coach Didier Deschamps, the defender decided to accept the offer from the RFEF. to play with the National Team. Although he was summoned more than once by Deschamps to play for France, he never made his senior debut. He understood that he was not going to pass through that door and accepted Luis Enrique’s call.

At the beginning of 2016 A great controversy arose due to some statements where he stated that he would consider being called up by the Spanish team if the French team did not call him although he quickly qualified his words. She kept waiting but the opportunity never came.

Finally, on May 11, 2021, the Council of Ministers granted him Spanish nationality. Laporte thus became Spanish, since he was granted Spanish nationality, not the second nationality.​

On May 24, 2021, he was included by Luis Enrique in the list of the Spanish team that would compete in Euro 2020. On June 4, 2021, he made his debut in a friendly prior to the Euro Cup, against Portugal, coming onto the field as a starter, and being replaced in the 79th minute by Diego Llorente.61​62​ In the Euro Cup he was the only field player on the national team who played every minute. On November 11, 2022, he was called up to play in the World Cup in Qatar.

With its nationalization, a soap opera that angered Didier Deschamps was put to an end. The French coach did not hesitate to attack the footballer whom he called a liar. “What bothers me is what he can say and that is a lie. The only message I received from him was from the month of October for a specific situation about an injury he had in September. Why hasn’t he played with us? It could have happened, ten seconds would have served. He has always been on the shortlist, but there has been competition for his position,” he said. Laporte, who was born and raised in France, He had declared that he had not received a response from the French coach when he sent him a message.

Luis de la Fuente, As his predecessor did, he also had no hesitation in incorporating him into his ranks. He is aware that there are many people who are not in favor of its nationalization. Vicente del Bosque and Diego Costa were already attacked for the same situation when the former Atlético forward became a Spanish national. After the last controversy, The footballer only hopes that no one doubts his commitment.