Aymeric Laporte, a treble winner who had an incredible career throughout his year as a Manchester City player explained that he felt his time was up at the club after the club spent big on another defender.
Laporte joined Manchester City in January 2018 after rejecting City over the previous years. He made a name for himself at the Etihad by becoming one of the best defenders in the League.
His on-field incredible performances week in and week out earned him and the rest of Pep Guardiola’s team many trophies. His absence in the 2018-19 season due to a serious injury he suffered gave Liverpool an advantage to dethrone City as the Premier League champions.
However, despite becoming a UEFA Champions League and treble winner in his last season at the club, Laporte did not get enough playing time due to an injury he sustained the previous season.
The Spanish international played through the injury in the final games of the 2021/22 season to see his team over the line, however, he was unable to secure his place the following season as Nathan Ake, Ruben Dias, John Stones, and Manuel Akanji were Pep’s favourites.
With the addition of Josko Gvardiol who signed for the Cityzens from RB Leipzig in a £78m deal, the treble winner Laporte believed that he was far from the first choice at City. Therefore, he decided to leave, he joined Saudi side Al Nassr for £23.5m.
“I think it is as a result of the injuries I suffered when the club began to sign other centre-backs. When you make those hires, which were also for a lot of money, you cannot save a place for a footballer who has given you a lot of physical problems or injuries,” he told Spanish publication AS.
“The club saw it this way and preferred to bet on others. Obviously, if I hadn’t had these physical problems, everything would have been different. Manchester City gave me victories, and trophies. That’s something big for a footballer. Surely there have been things that I could have done much better and it is a shame about the injuries, which have occurred too often and have affected my career.
“I am where I am, and it hasn’t turned out that bad. But yes, it would have been nicer not to have had these injuries because there would be different things.”