Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte has revealed he spoke with Manchester City for ‘a long time’ before snubbing a move to the Etihad.
Laporte penned a new deal with the La Liga outfit after extensive talks with Blues boss Pep Guardiola over the summer.
The 22-year-old has earned his first call-up to the France squad after recovering from a broken leg suffered just before Euro 2016.
Laporte told RTL: “How did I say no to Pep? By looking at the pros and cons. I spoke with him for a long time, as well as with my club. I also looked at my family, my entourage.
“It wasn’t too early. It was just pros and cons: amount of time on the pitch, me recovering from injury. These aren’t easy things to think about at my age. In the end, I had to make a choice. I did, and I’m happy.”
Laporte also revealed the release clause in his new contract, which stands at €65million for the first two years and €70million for the following two.