City’s Laporte joins Al-Nassr

City's laporte joins al-nassr0

Aymeric Laporte, a defender for Manchester City, joined the Premier League exodus to Saudi Arabia on Thursday when he agreed to a reported £23 million ($29 million) transfer to Al-Nassr.

Spanish cornerback Laporte had success with City, winning 12 major awards during that time.

His prospects of playing regularly were further diminished by the close-season purchase of Croatian defender Josko Gvardiol, who helped City win the treble.

The 29-year-old follows recently signed Al-Ahli winger Riyad Mahrez as the latest City player to accept a lucrative move to the Gulf State.

After joining City in January 2018 for a then-club-record £57 million transfer from Athletic Bilbao, Laporte made 180 appearances for the team.

Laporte added, “I am honored to have served Manchester City over the last six seasons.

“When I originally signed up, I was eager to compete for awards. But I never could have foreseen the success our partnership would go on to have.

“I would want to express my gratitude to the staff, my teammates, and of course the amazing City supporters for their unwavering support throughout my time in Manchester.

“I will always be a City fan, and I am looking forward to seeing you all again.”

As a member of Pep Guardiola’s team, Laporte won five Premier League championships, the Champions League, and five domestic cups.

He will now team up with Sadio Mane and Cristiano Ronaldo at Al-Nassr of the Saudi Pro League.

They are one of four Saudi teams that the Public Investment Fund (PIF) acquired in June, which led to a spending frenzy on elite players from the Premier League and other top divisions in Europe.

Neymar, a forward from Brazil, and the French combo of Karim Benzema and N’Golo Kante are among the top players that Saudi teams have purchased.

Additionally moving to the Gulf State are Roberto Firmino, Jordan Henderson, Kalidou Koulibaly, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Alex Telles, and Ruben Neves.

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