L'Equipe detail why Man City's Aymeric Laporte is yet to receive a France call-up

Man City's Aymeric Laporte

Manchester City's Aymeric Laporte has arguably been the finest centre-back in Europe this season.

The Frenchman is the only member of Pep Guardiola's squad to play every minute in the Premier League in 2017/18.

Given Guardiola's obsession with rotation, that is quite the accolade for Laporte.

The fact he's the manager's only left-footed option in the heart of defence certainly helps his case, but his performances have been exceptional.

Brilliant with the ball at his feet and world-class at the actual task of defending, the £57m fee City paid is beginning to look like a bargain.

However, Laporte is yet to be capped by the French national team.

Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti and Presnel Kimpembe are Didier Deschamps' top three options, but Laporte is yet to even make a senior squad.

Crystal Palace's Mamadou Sakho was even called up ahead of him in October.

So what is going on with Laporte and France? Well, L'Equipe have published a report detailing the internal issues in the relationship.

Laporte on the ball vs Southampton

“He’s an adorable boy, but it’s true, quite complex,” Pierre Mankowski, who coached Laporte in France’s youth setup, is quoted as saying, per Sport Witness.

Mankowski added: “He does not engage with the collective. He is a loner. When he communicates, it may seem awkward, because he has a great perception of his value and he shows it.

"In the end, he’s a good pro who has trouble enrolling in the collective.”

It is reported that Antoine Griezmann is one high-profile player who feels Laporte's approach is an issue and Deschamps doesn't want to break the group collective.

Laporte challenges for the ball vs Spurs

An unnamed coach, who is said to know Laporte very well, is quoted as saying: “He gives this impression of always being needy for us to recognise his talent.

"It really hurts that this is not the case.”

It sounds like Laporte won't be getting the call anytime soon.

The fact he flirted with the Spanish national team during his time with Athletic Bilbao is also said to have harmed his case.

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