Aymeric Laporte has accomplished his transfer from Manchester Metropolis to Saudi Arabian aspect Al-Nassr, the Premier League champions have introduced.
The Saudi Professional League outfit are understood to have paid a payment of £23.5million for the 29-year-old Spain defender, who has spent the previous five-and-a-half years on the Etihad Stadium.
Laporte follows former Metropolis team-mate Riyad Mahrez to the Center East nation after the Algerian joined Al-Ahli earlier in the summertime switch window.
Better of luck, Ayme!
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Laporte instructed Metropolis’s web site, www.mancity.com: “I’m proud to have represented Manchester Metropolis over the past six seasons.
“Once I first joined, I used to be excited concerning the prospect of profitable trophies. Nonetheless, I couldn’t have imagined the success we’d go on to attain collectively.
“I want to thank the coaches, my team-mates and naturally the good Metropolis followers for all of their assist all through my time in Manchester.
“I’ll at all times be a Metropolis fan and I stay up for seeing you all once more.”
Laporte, who joined Metropolis from Athletic Bilbao in a £57million deal in January 2018, gained 5 Premier League titles, the Champions League and 5 home cups as a member of Pep Guardiola’s squad.
Nonetheless, he had fallen down the pecking order at Metropolis over the previous yr and the current arrival of Josko Gvardiol had pushed him additional to the fringes.
Metropolis director of soccer Txiki Begiristain mentioned: “Aymeric has been a wonderful participant for Manchester Metropolis throughout a good time for the membership.
“He fitted into the group seamlessly upon arrival in 2018 and performed a key position in lots of our successes through the years which have adopted.
“The type of the opposite defenders within the squad made it laborious for him to seek out adequate sport time in 2022-23 and we respect his choice to hunt a transfer elsewhere.
“I stay up for following his profession from afar.”
Laporte joins an more and more star-studded squad at Riyadh-based Al-Nassr, the place his team-mates will embrace Cristiano Ronaldo, Sadio Mane and Marcelo Brozovic.