Confirmed: Laporte, from Manchester City, signs with Al Nassr alongside Ronaldo
Aymeric Laporte, the Manchester City defender, has made a significant move to Saudi Arabia, joining Al-Nassr in a deal believed to be worth £23 million ($29 million). Laporte, a Spanish center-back, enjoyed a successful stint with City, winning 12 major honors. However, he faced challenges in securing regular playing time during City’s triumphant season, and the arrival of Croatia’s Josko Gvardiol further diminished his prospects.
Laporte, aged 29, follows in the footsteps of teammate Riyad Mahrez, who recently joined Al-Ahli in the Gulf State. Laporte’s association with City spanned six seasons and 180 appearances, having joined the club from Athletic Bilbao for a then-record fee of £57 million in January 2018. In expressing his pride at representing Manchester City, Laporte acknowledged the initial excitement of aiming for trophies and the subsequently unimaginable success that they achieved together. He extended his gratitude to the coaches, teammates, and the loyal City fans for their unwavering support throughout his time in Manchester, assuring them of his continued allegiance as a City fan.
During his tenure with City, Laporte clinched five Premier League titles, the Champions League, and five domestic cups under the guidance of Pep Guardiola. Now, he will join forces with Cristiano Ronaldo and Sadio Mane at Al-Nassr in the Saudi Pro League. Al-Nassr is one of four Saudi clubs taken over by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) in June, leading to a string of high-profile signings from the Premier League and other top European divisions.
Notable names such as Neymar, Karim Benzema, and N’Golo Kante have all made moves to Saudi clubs, along with Roberto Firmino, Jordan Henderson, Kalidou Koulibaly, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Alex Telles, and Ruben Neves.
[August 24, 2023]