Aymeric Laporte rules out Man City exit after Chelsea interest rejected

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Aymeric Laporte has ruled out leaving Manchester City this summer amid interest from Chelsea.

Standard Sport understands the Blues made an approach for the centre-back, only for City to reject the prospect out of hand. Chelsea, though, are expected to sign team-mates Raheem Sterling and Nathan Ake in the coming days.

Laporte was heavily linked with an Etihad Stadium exit last summer but, after a stellar season back in the fold, is now not looking to leave.

He told RMC Sport: "Four league trophies, yes, but that's eleven in all. It's not just the Premier League. It's very good for the club and for me. I'm happy to benefit people here too by bringing the Premier League trophy. It had never happened.

"So I'm super happy with this season that I've had, despite an injury at the end of the season. I was able to hold on until the end.

"Yes [I am staying this season], I'm super happy and fit. The team too. There remains only the common objective, the Champions League, but we will do everything to get it this year."

Asked about returning to Ligue 1, Laporte told the French publication: "For now, that's not the goal," he said. "I still have three years of contract. I'm happy and the club too.

"I played a lot of minutes: I am the central defender who had the most. I am a reference and I am very happy that the coach and Manchester City have confidence in me. So why not go on for a long time?"

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