Laporte (left) playing for Athletic Bilbao in 2014.
|Full name||Aymeric Laporte|
|Date of birth||27 May 1994|
|Place of birth||Agen, France|
|Height||1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 October 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10:16, 25 March 2016 (UTC)
Born in Agen, Aquitaine, Laporte started playing football and rugby at the age of five, and began his development at SU Agen Football. In 2009 he was invited to join Athletic Bilbao after being scouted, prompting debate over whether his signing met the criteria of their policy due to his tenuous links to the Basque region; by arrangement with the club, he spent a season with Aviron Bayonnais FC as he was too young to move outside France at the time.
Laporte arrived in Bilbao formally in 2010, joining Athletic's youth setup at Lezama and going on to play for its farm and reserve teams. 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.
Laporte made his first La Liga appearance on 9 December 2012, appearing one minute in a 1–0 home win over Celta de Vigo. The following week he was inserted in the starting XI by manager Marcelo Bielsa, helping the Lions to the same result at RCD Mallorca, and was definitely promoted to the first-team shortly after, signing a new contract until 2015; on 14 January 2013, he was given the number 4 jersey previously worn by Ustaritz, and late in the month he renewed his contract, running until 2016 and with a €27.5 million release clause.
Laporte became an undisputed starter under new coach Ernesto Valverde, also being deployed as left back on occasion. He scored his first goal as a professional on 28 October 2013, netting the game's only at Getafe CF. At the end of the campaign, he was voted into the La Liga Team of the Year by the reporters of the Liga de Fútbol Profesional.
In June 2015, Laporte extended his link until 2019 with a release clause of €50 million. After losing the final of the Copa del Rey to FC Barcelona, he played both legs of the year's Supercopa de España triumph against the same opposition, Athletic's first silverware for 31 years.
On 13 June 2016, Laporte renewed his contract until 2020, with his buyout clause rising to an initial €65 million.
Laporte represented France at under-17, under-18, under-19 and under-21 levels, captaining each side. He was part of the under-19 team that came runners-up to Serbia in the 2013 UEFA European Championship in Lithuania, and was selected in the Team of the Tournament.
On 24 March 2016, in a 2017 European Under-21 Championship qualifier against Scotland in Angers, Laporte was stretchered off with a fracture and dislocation to his right fibula and ankle, concluding his season prematurely. Previously, in October 2015, he stated that he would consider representing Spain if rejected by France for UEFA Euro 2016.
In August 2016, at the behest of new national manager Julen Lopetegui, Laporte began the process of making himself eligible for Spain. A month later, he was called up to the senior France squad for 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Bulgaria and the Netherlands in October, and stated he had decided not to apply for Spanish nationality with the continued aim of playing for France. He did not take part in either match.
- As of match played 30 September 2017
|Bilbao Athletic||2012–13||Segunda División B||8||0||—||8||0|
|Athletic Bilbao||2012–13||La Liga||15||0||0||0||2||0||—||17||0|
- Athletic Bilbao
- UEFA European Under-19 Championship: Team of the Tournament 2013
- La Liga Team of the Year: 2013–14
- Athletic Bilbao makes easy work of Hapoel IKS; Fox Sports, 29 November 2012
- "Entretien avec... Aymeric Laporte" [Interview with... Aymeric Laporte] (in French). Footmercato. 4 November 2012. Retrieved 26 May 2013.
- "Aymeric Laporte, un Basque parmi les Basques" [Aymeric Laporte, a Basque among the Basques] (in French). Only Football. 14 May 2013. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
- "Biography – Athletic Bilbao signing and beginnings". Official website. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
- "Laporte: "Tengo sangre vasca por parte de mis bisabuelos"" [Laporte: "I have Basque blood through my great-grandparents"] (in Spanish). El Desmarque. 25 July 2013. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
- "Aymeric Laporte a "arrêté de regarder les papillons"" [Aymeric Laporte "stopped watching the butterflies”] (in French). So Foot. 26 September 2013. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
- "Aymeric Laporte, el cachorro más valioso" [Aymeric Laporte, most valuable pup] (in Spanish). La Vanguardia. 28 April 2012. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
- "Athletic post comfortable Kiryat Shmona win". UEFA.com. 28 November 2012. Retrieved 5 December 2012.
- El Athletic tiene suficiente con Aduriz (Aduriz enough for Athletic); Marca, 9 December 2012 (in Spanish)
- Aduriz wins it for Bilbao; ESPN FC, 15 December 2012
- Laporte, jugador de la primera plantilla (Laporte, first-team player); Athletic Bilbao, 17 December 2012 (in Spanish)
- Dorsal de Aymeric Laporte (Aymeric Laporte's number); Athletic Bilbao, 14 January 2013 (in Spanish)
- Laporte renueva hasta 2016 (Laporte renews until 2016); Marca, 28 January 2013 (in Spanish)
- Valverde prueba a Laporte de lateral y Saborit de interior (Valverde tries Laporte as fullback and Saborit as winger) Archived 2 April 2015 at the Wayback Machine.; Liga BBVA, 6 August 2013 (in Spanish)
- Charla de Valverde con Laporte (Valverde lectures Laporte); Marca, 3 October 2013 (in Spanish)
- Un descanso para Laporte y entran Aduriz, Morán y Etxeita (Rest for Laporte, in with Aduriz, Morán and Etxeita); Mundo Deportivo, 7 December 2013 (in Spanish)
- Laporte earns win for Bilbao Archived 7 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine.; ESPN FC, 28 October 2013
- "The Liga BBVA team of the season". La Liga. 19 May 2014. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
- Chesters, Heath (19 May 2014). "LFP reporters choose their La Liga ‘Ideal Eleven’ for 2013–14". Inside Spanish Football. Archived from the original on 30 January 2016. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
- "Aymeric Laporte signs four-year deal to remain at Athletic Bilbao". ESPN FC. 5 June 2015. Retrieved 28 August 2015.
- "Barcelona stunned 4–0 by Athletic Bilbao in first leg of Super Cup". ESPN FC. 14 August 2015. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
- "Athletic Bilbao manage draw at Barcelona to win Spanish Super Cup". ESPN FC. 17 August 2015. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
- "Aymeric Laporte signs new Athletic Bilbao contract until 2020". ESPN FC. 13 June 2016. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
- Laporte, convocado para la sub 21 por Francia (Laporte, called up to France under-21); Mundo Deportivo, 27 February 2014 (in Spanish)
- "Athletic Bilbao's Aymeric Laporte would consider Spain call". ESPN FC. 7 October 2015. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
- "Technical report" (PDF). UEFA.com. pp. 18–19. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
- de Menezes, Jack (25 March 2016). "Aymeric Laporte injury: Manchester City transfer plans dealt a blow as top target suffers fractured ankle". The Independent. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
- "Lopetegui 'ficha' a Laporte" [Lopetegui 'signs' Laporte] (in Spanish). Marca. 30 August 2016. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
- "Équipe de France: Laporte arrive, Fekir revient" [France team: Laporte arrives, Fekir returns] (in French). Le Figaro. 29 September 2016. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
- "Aymeric Laporte: "Je pouvais prendre la nationalité espagnole, je ne l’ai pas fait"" [Aymeric Laporte: "I could take Spanish nationality, I did not do so"] (in French). BFM TV. 3 October 2016. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
- "A. Laporte". Soccerway. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
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