Aymeric Laporte happy at Athletic Bilbao despite Barcelona and Bayern Munich links
Aymeric Laporte has insisted he is happy at Athletic Bilbao, despite reported interest from Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
Last Updated: 04/06/14 1:01pm
The 20-year-old has established himself as first choice centre-back at Bilbao, and made 35 league appearances last season, scoring two goals.
Amid speculation over the France Under-21 international's future, Laporte has no plans to move away from Bilbao this summer, despite being flattered by links to two of Europe's biggest clubs.
"Am I going to leave this summer? No, I am happy at Bilbao," he told L'Equipe.
"I have a €36million release clause and if one day a departure could become possible, I would think about it.
"Interest from Barcelona and Bayern Munich is impressive and rewarding. But I believe you have to take it with a kind of casualness as long as there is nothing concrete.
"Barcelona has won everything in recent years. It is a dream for anyone. Bayern are also one of the best teams in the world.
"But I repeat, I am under contract at Athletic until 2018.
"Would it be a disappointment to stay at Athletic? Not at all. I will remain in a great team, playing in one of the best leagues in the world."