Aymeric Laporte: My aim is to play for France despite Spain eligibility
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 clarify, once more, a few words which have appeared in the media.
"Today, as a result of an interview, you can see headlines in a lot of newspapers which do not correspond with reality.
"My objective is to reach the senior France national team. I'm still young, and I have a lot of years in which to do that. There is no rush, only a lot of excitement.
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"I WANT to play for the France team and, contrary to what is being said, I am NOT putting the coach [Didier Deschamps] under any pressure to call me up.
"Neither have I given a nod to the Spanish team (with all due respect to them). I simply mentioned that if the [France] coach told me that he did not want to rely on me, there are other alternatives."