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Message From Aymeric Laporte

Message From Aymeric Laporte

Last night (Monday 29 January 2018) former Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte issued a statement via various official social media platforms.

The media have been reporting for days that the 23-year-old was heading for Manchester City after the club reportedly triggered his £57million buy-out clause. And now it seems the uncapped Frenchman is heading to the Etihad.

Hola, mediante estas líneas, quisiera despedirme del Athletic y de toda su afición. Me habría gustado hacerlo mediante una rueda de prensa, algo que contaba con el visto bueno y la colaboración del Athletic, pero finalmente no podrá ser par cumplir las normas del otro club. Lo más seguro es que publicaré alguna cosa en las redes para transmitiros mis sentimientos. Por lo tanto, intentaré aquí extenderme un poco más en las ideas que le hice llegar al club: Desde que llegué a Bilbao siendo un chaval en la temporada 2009-2010 han sido muchas las experiencias que me han tocado vivir, algunas en lo deportivo, pero me gusta recordar que lo que soy ahora como persona es, en gran parte, resultado de cómo me han acogido, cómo me han tratado y cómo me han formado en los aspectos fundamentales de mi vida. La solidaridad, el respeto al compañero, el trabajo colectivo, la responsabilidad en la derrota y en la victoria, los anhelos y las ilusiones me han marcado para bien. Los retos, en lo deportivo, han ido pasando por delante de mis piernas: mi debut hace poco más de 7 años en juveniles, mi primer gol en esa categoría -frente al Txantrea-, subir peldaños en el Basconia, el Bilbao Athletic, mi primer amistoso, debutar en el campo y ante los micrófonos en competición europea, mi primer gol -ante el Getafe-, incluso mi primera cartulina roja. Todo me ha valido para aprender. Cuando hablo de un club único, hablo del Athletic, porque con una filosofía ni mejor, ni peor, simplemente diferente, me he sentido protagonista de un relato de Astérix y Obélix, una vivencia que me ha permitido, entre otras cosas, jugar Europa League, Champions y ganar un título ante uno de los grandes europeos y, sobre todo, rodearme de excelentes compañeros, técnicos y de un montón de excelentes profesionales fuera del campo. Solo sé que jamás olvidaré, insisto, dónde me he hecho mejor jugador y persona, en el orden que prefiráis. Por eso me gustaría deciros que no es un adiós, sino un hasta pronto y que llevaré al Athletic en mi corazón para siempre. Eskerrik asko, bihotzez. Aymeric Laporte

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Translation

'Hello, through these lines, I would like to say goodbye to Athletic and all their fans. I would have liked to do it through a press conference, something that had the approval and collaboration of Athletic, but finally it will not be able to meet the rules of the other club. The most likely thing is that I will post something on the networks to convey my feelings.

'Therefore, I will try here to extend a little more in the ideas that I made to the club:

'Since I came to Bilbao as a kid in the 2009-2010 season there have been many experiences that I have had to live, some in sports, but I like to remember that what I am now as a person is, in large part, the result of how They have welcomed me, how they have treated me and how they have shaped me in the fundamental aspects of my life.

'Solidarity, respect for my partner, collective work, responsibility for defeat and victory, desires and illusions have marked me for good.

'The challenges, in sports, have been happening in front of my legs: my debut just over 7 years ago in youth, my first goal in that category -front Txantrea-, climbing steps in the Basconia, Bilbao Athletic, my first friendly, debut in the field and before the microphones in European competition, my first goal - before Getafe -, even my first red card. Everything has helped me to learn.

'When I speak of a unique club, I speak of Athletic, because with a philosophy or better, or worse, simply different, I felt protagonist of a story of Asterix and Obelix, an experience that has allowed me, among other things, to play Europa League , Champions and win a title against one of the great Europeans and, above all, surround myself with excellent colleagues, technicians and a lot of excellent professionals off the field.

'I only know that I will never forget, I insist, where I have become the best player and person, in the order that you prefer. That's why I would like to tell you that it is not a goodbye, but a goodbye and that I will take Athletic to my heart forever. Eskerrik asko, bihotzez.'

Aymeric Laporte


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Writer:Tudor
Date:Tuesday January 30 2018
Time: 7:08AM

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