Bilbao Defender Aymeric Laporte Reveals Summer Talks With Premier League Giants

Bilbao Defender Aymeric Laporte Reveals Summer Talks With Premier League Giants”

Speaking to L'Équipe, French central defender Aymeric Laporte turned up the heat on Didier Deschamps and France, threatening to accept a proposal to join the Spanish side as the global team he will represent. But if I do [choose the Spanish national team] it will be because of how much interest they are showing in me.

Chelsea could be just the right club, but then Laporte could be just the right defender for a number of teams.

But during the recent summer transfer window, Laporte was once again linked with a move to the Premier League, with Chelsea this time credited with firm interest in the 22-year-old.

"I can't say, it's confidential."

Laporte - who is yet to make his global debut - did open the door to a future move as he feels selectors do not value Athletic enough.

"One plays at Chelsea [Kurt Zouma, on loan at Stoke City], the other at PSG [Presnel Kimpembe]".

Laporte has made 189 appearances for Bilbao, and in June 2016 signed a contract extension with Athletic to keep him at San Mames until 2020, with an initial buyout clause reported to in the region of €65m. Here, it does not prevent some Spanish players to go to their selection.

"It seems that Adil Rami's Marseille are superior to the Athletic Bilbao". Everyone has his opinion.

Athletic have a strong policy of selling only at release clause prices, which in Laporte's case is an eye-watering €65 million, though in today's market it's nearly impossible to gauge whether that's an outrageous price or just a slightly overpriced one.

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