Didier Deschamps returned on Monday to Aymeric Laporte’s non-selection for the Euro with the Blues and the defender’s choice to compete with the Spanish team. Questioned by several dailies, the coach delivered his version of the facts.
With Presnel Kimpembe, Raphaël Varane or even Clément Lenglet, Jules Koundé and Kurt Zouma, the France team has a good pool of players in central defense. A situation which pushed Aymeric Laporte to agree to play the Euro (June 11 – July 11) with the Spanish selection and to say goodbye to the Blues. Asked about this subject by the regional press on Monday, Didier Deschamps accepted the choice of Manchester City defender.
“He has this freedom, he has not played with us… He could have not had it, ten seconds with the Blues would have been enough. He has always been in the pre-lists, but there was competition. , explained the technician in remarks relayed by the newspaper La Provence. I do not take a player to prevent him from having a second choice. I was not going to block him. “
Laporte was in the pre-list of the Blues for the Euro
The coach of the Blues then regretted certain remarks made by the 27-year-old defender after his non-summons in the 26 Tricolores for the continental tournament.
“What bothers me is what he can say and which is untrue. The only message I got from him, dates from October for a specific situation where he was injured in September, he was no longer in the pre-lists, analyzed the coach again. He was in those for the months of November, March, and in that one too. There is no waste, it is his choice. I wish him a safe journey. It’s part of his freedom. “
Failing to face Germany, Portugal and Hungary with the Blues in the first round of the Euro, Aymeric Laporte and the Spanish selection will challenge Sweden (June 14), Poland (June 19) and Slovakia ( June 23) in Group E. After his summons with La Roja, Aymeric Laporte thanked Luis Enrique for his confidence, meaning in half words that Didier Deschamps had not given him a chance.
“Thank you all for your messages of support. Everyone knows, the situation is what it is, the defender said in a message posted on social networks. I am very honored and very proud to have the confidence of the coach of the Spanish selection. “