Manchester City sign Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao


French defender Aymeric Laporte paid his buyout clause to cancel the contract tying him to Athletic Club de Bilbao, thus enabling his transfer to Manchester City.

Eighteen months later, City clinched the signing of the left-footed, ball-playing defender after meeting his buy-out clause, strengthening the team's options in what has been a problem position for Guardiola and previous managers. "Of course he has to adapt because the Premier League is special in many senses".

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"I'm usually quite calm in possession, so this helps initiate quicker, more fluid attacks from the back".

City will also have to pay a further €5m for development rights because Laporte is a youth product of Athletic.

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City has four of the five costliest defenders in Premier League history - Laporte, Stones, Walker, and Mendy.

"I don't want my departure, due to a new challenge in my professional career, to be a farewell but rather until next we meet".

Laporte, who hasn't played for France's senior team, will be available for the knockout stage of the Champions League.