French national team manager, Dider Deschamps, has left Athletic club defender, Aymeric Laporte out of the French squad for the the upcoming friendlies against Wales and Germany.
Deschamps picked his 24 man squad, opting for Laporte’s under 21 international partner, Benjamin Pavard. Laporte has played for the under 21s since 2013 and has previously claimed that it his dream is to earn a senior cap for Les Blues.
However, constant rebuttals from Deschamps has had Laporte speak out against the head coach and even hint that he might declare for Spain if he has to continue waiting for France.
“I am with Athletic, a club that may not be sufficiently valued in France,” he said in an interview with MARCA.
“We have players who go to the Spanish national team and if I was at another club I would be more likely to play for France.
“I would like to be part of the team because I was part of the training camps and it upsets me but I have to consider my options.”
“I have always said that my country is France, but if I am not selected then there is an alternative, I have been in Spain for eight years and I will play for them if they are interested.”