Athletic Bilbao’s highly-rated defender Aymeric Laporte rejected offers to join Manchester City and Chelsea in the summer, according to L’Equipe.
The 23-year-old has spent his entire career to date with the Athletic Bilbao and turned down a move to the Premier League as he is happy at his current club.
Aymeric Laporte, 23, told L’Equipe: “I had the chance to leave but I did not feel it.
“Also because I was injured and did not want to leave.
“Chelsea’s interest? I can not say anything, it’s a personal thing.”
Laporte – who is yet to make his international debut – did open the door to a future move as he feels selectors do not value Athletic enough.
The 19-cap Under-21s star added: “Zouma is playing for Chelsea, Kimpembe is at PSG.
“I am in Bilbao, a club that may not be sufficiently valued in France. Here, it does not prevent some Spanish players to go to their selection.