Aymeric Laporte

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Aymeric Laporte
Aymeric Laporte and Leo Messi.jpg
Laporte (left) playing for Athletic Bilbao in 2014.
Personal information
Full name Aymeric Laporte
Date of birth (1994-05-27) 27 May 1994 (age 20)
Place of birth Agen, France
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Athletic Bilbao
Number 4
Youth career
2000–2009 SU Agen
2009–2010 Bayonne
2010–2011 Athletic Bilbao
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2012 Basconia 33 (2)
2012 Bilbao Athletic 8 (0)
2012– Athletic Bilbao 80 (2)
National team
2011 France U17 11 (1)
2011–2012 France U18 9 (0)
2012–2013 France U19 12 (1)
2013– France U21 12 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 May 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19:46, 1 April 2015 (UTC)

Aymeric Laporte (born 27 May 1994) is a French professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Athletic Bilbao mainly as a central defender.

He is only the second French player – after Bixente Lizarazu – to play for Athletic.[1]

Club career[edit]

Born in Agen, Aquitaine, Laporte started playing football with SU Agen Football,[2] joining Athletic Bilbao's youth system in 2010 from Aviron Bayonnais and going on to play for both its farm and reserve teams.[3] On 28 November 2012 he made his debut with the main squad, playing the full 90 minutes in a 2–0 away win against Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona F.C. for the season's UEFA Europa League.[4]

Laporte made his first La Liga appearance on 9 December 2012, appearing one minute in a 1–0 home win over Celta de Vigo.[5] The following week he was inserted in the starting XI by manager Marcelo Bielsa, helping the Lions to the same result at RCD Mallorca,[6] and was definitely promoted to the first-team shortly after, signing a new contract until 2015;[7] on 14 January 2013 he was given the number 4 jersey, previously worn by Ustaritz.[8] Late in the month he renewed his contract, running until 2016 and with a 27.5 million release clause.[9]

Laporte became an undisputed starter under new coach Ernesto Valverde, also being deployed as left back on occasion.[10][11][12] He scored his first goal as a professional on 28 October 2013, netting the game's only at Getafe CF.[13]

International career[edit]

Laporte represented France at under-17, under-18, under-19 and under-21 levels.[14]


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