Manchester City defender Laporte reveals he played through pain barrier to help win the title

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Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte Credit: PA Images
Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte Credit: PA Images

Aymeric Laporte has revealed he played through the pain to help Manchester City seal the Premier League title after injuring his knee.

The 27-year-old withdrew from the Spain squad on Wednesday for their upcoming Nations League fixtures citing the knee injury that forced him off during City’s 5-1 win at Molineux on May 11.

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Since then, Laporte started City’s final two fixtures against West Ham and Aston Villa as injuries to Ruben Dias, John Stones, Nathan Ake and Kyle Walker left Pep Guardiola to patch up his defence.

City took their fourth Premier League title in the last five years by a single point ahead of Liverpool after coming from 2-0 down to beat Villa 3-2 on Sunday.

“Unfortunately I won’t be able to attend the national team’s next games because of the injury I picked up against Wolves that will need further treatment,” Laporte wrote on social media.

“I have been uncomfortable with my knee since then, but I wanted to help the team to the end, and I am glad I did so.

“Now that the season is over, I will follow the medical process and start rehab to get back to full fitness quickly. We have another very exciting season ahead of us with big goals to achieve.”

Spain are due to host Portugal on June 2 before matches away and at home to Czech Republic either side of a trip to Switzerland on June 9.

Meanwhile, City chief executive Ferran Soriano has hit out at Manchester United’s spending when discussion the deal to bring Erling Haaland to the Etihad.

“We have explained the project to him, but the money could have been given to him by Manchester United, Bayern Munich or Real Madrid. He has decided where he wants to go and we are happy.

“Our focus is on football, on playing well and winning, rather than on star players. We lacked a centre-forward.

“We had someone spectacular like (Sergio) Aguero. We have spent more than a year looking for a replacement and Haaland is it.”

Soriano added: “If you look at the income of English clubs, the biggest earner is Manchester United. They earn £100m more than City, Liverpool and Chelsea.

“We don’t have more money. In fact, we have less. How much money has United spent in recent years and how much has City spent?

“If you analyse it, you will see that United has spent more and that City has won 11 titles in the last few years and United one or two – and no league titles.”

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