Aymeric Laporte’s long withstanding speculation of leaving Manchester City has finally been realised. The centre-back has joined Cristiano Ronaldo and Sadio Mane in Saudi Arabia after signing a €30 million deal with Al Nassr.
This news for sure does not come in as a surprise considering Man City’s purchase of Gvardiol this season and Laporte’s departure was just a matter of time.
Just before the news came into light, Aymeric Laporte had left a heartfelt message for his Citizens.
He wrote: “Dear Cityzens, today I wanted to share a story with you. It has lasted for five and a half unforgettable years. Plenty of memories that I will keep forever close to my heart.”
“It’s always easy to think of the good ones : the trophies, the wins, the goals, the tackles and the big fights in the Premier League. But I will also remember the bad ones: the injuries and being sidelined, the defeats and the mistakes I may have made.”
“From trophies to setbacks, victories to injuries, it’s all been part of my journey, and I’m grateful for absolutely every moment that shaped me into who I am today.”
“I want to thank everyone who made this journey possible: the Man City board, the coaches and the whole staff, every single teammate I shared the dressing room with, and of course all of you. It was an honor and a pleasure to wear these colors, and I hope you will remember me in a good way for this. Thank you again for everything. I wish you the best of luck for the future and I will always keep an eye on you guys. Until we meet again, Aymeric.”
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The 29-year-old leaves Manchester City as a champion with 13 trophies under his belt that includes a Champions League title and five Premier League titles.