Aymeric Laporte confirms exit from Manchester City

    Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte announced his departure from the club in a video on social media.

    Laporte reportedly agreed to join Al-Nassr after five and a half years in England.

    The Spain international will be the latest high-profile player to sign for a Saudi Arabian professional league club, including former City teammate Riyad Mahrez, who joined Al Ahly last month.

    “Dear Citizens, today I wanted to share a story with you,” Laporte said in a Twitter video, which then showed the highlights of his time at Manchester City.

    “Now this is our story. Thanks and see you soon.”

    Centre-back Laporte added in a social media post: “It has been five and a half unforgettable years.

    “Many memories that I will forever keep in my heart.”

    Laporte will leave the Etihad after 180 appearances for City, and his last appearance for the club came off the bench during a Premier League victory over Burnley.

    After losing to Arsenal in the Community Shield and triumphing over Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup, he was placed on the bench but was out of the squad for last weekend’s victory over Newcastle.

    The arrival of Josko Guardiola from RB Leipzig further demoted Laporte in City’s pecking order.

    A strong recruitment campaign led by the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund has seen Saudi Pro League teams, all of which belong to PIF, sign many of the world’s best players this summer.

    Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, N’Golo Kante, Roberto Firmino, Jordan Henderson have all moved from the Premier League to the Middle East division in the past 12 months.

    Laporte will now do the same after winning 13 trophies during his time at City, including five Premier League titles and last season’s Champions League.

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