Daily Mail

Pep’s snub for Laporte causes a stir


IT IS not often that central defenders offer the most intriguing subplot to a Champions League knockout match and yet the sight of Aymeric Laporte sat on the bench again provided one.

Guardiola started four centre halves in consecutiv­e games and Laporte was not one of them for either. In fact, he has only started two of City’s last 11 matches in all competitio­ns.

Laporte could be one who departs in the summer, with City admirers of Leipzig’s Josko Gvardiol. Quite whether City fancy stumping up the £115million asking price for the Croatian is another matter, with midfield their main focus ahead of next season.

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