Former Manchester City defender, Aymeric Laporte has revealed how difficult it was for some players to adapt to life in Saudi Arabia after their mega-money move to the Saudi league.
Laporte who won a lot of trophies during his days at the City of Manchester joined Al-Nassr in a £23.5million switch last summer. He was one of the numerous players who left Europe for the Saudi league after being offered money that might seem impossible to earn in Europe.
A year after, many player European players who joined the league were reportedly regretting their actions as they find it difficult to cope with the lifestyle in the country. Recently, former Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson who was one of the players left Saudi Arabia for Ajax after just six months having failed to settle into his new surroundings.
Speaking to Spanish paper AS, Aymeric Laporte admitted to the challenges faced by the players, claiming that life in the country is totally different from what most of the players had hoped for.
The Spain international said: “It’s a big change compared to Europe, but in the end it’s all adaptation.
“They haven’t made it easy for us. In fact, there are many players who are dissatisfied, but hey; We are working on it every day, negotiating so to speak, and to see if it improves a little because this is something new for them too, having European players who already have a long career.”
Speaking further, Aymeric Laporte said maybe the European players were not used to the new development.
“Life for them… they take everything lightly. The ultimatum you can give them doesn’t matter to them.
“I mean, they’re really going about their business. You negotiate something and then they don’t accept it after you have signed it. They fight you.”