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Aymeric Laporte could reject Barcelona to stay at Athletic Bilbao

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Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte says he could envisage himself turning down an approach from Barcelona.

Laporte, 21, has often been linked with Barca and the four-year contract he signed last summer is reported to contain a release clause of €50 million.

However, the France under-21 international says he is happy to continue his development at Bilbao.


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Aymeric Laporte: My aim is to play for France despite Spain eligibility

Aymeric Laporte has stressed that he sees his international future with France.

Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte has stressed that he wants to play international football for France despite being eligible to represent Spain.

Laporte, who was born in Agen and has represented France at youth level, has yet to win a senior cap -- and that means he could still play for Vicente del Bosque's side.

After an interview on Onda Vasca radio in which he appeared to suggest he may keep his options open, the 21-year-old clarified his position on Twitter.

He wrote: "I would like to...