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Man City meet Athletic Bilbao's €65m buyout clause to sign French defender

23-year-old Aymeric Laporte will leave to join the Premier League leaders, it was announced this afternoon.

Laporte is yet to be capped at senior level by France.
Laporte is yet to be capped at senior level by France.

MANCHESTER CITY HAVE triggered Aymeric Laporte’s €65 million release clause and plan to announced his arrival from Athletic Bilbao on Tuesday.

Athletic have confirmed that Laporte’s clause was triggered today, with a City delegation in Bilbao to push their first January transfer towards completion.

Laporte, 23, has also said farewell to his boyhood club: “So much to say with so few lines… I want to thank everybody for what you have given me. I arrived as an adolescent and I have been formed here as a person and as a footballer.

I don’t want my exit, ahead of a new challenge in my career, to be a ‘goodbye’, but rather a ‘see you soon’. I am leaving a unique club, I will never forget it. For all of that, thank you!”

The French centre-back is now expected to sign for City at the club’s training ground in Manchester, with an official announcement scheduled for tomorrow.

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