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Aymeric Laporte debunks alleged comments on Saudi Arabia: “The people here are amazing”

Al-Nassr defender Aymeric Laporte

Cristiano Ronaldo’s teammate and Al-Nassr star Aymeric Laporte, has debunked the comments he allegedly made about Saudi Arabia in an interview with the media.

Laporte took to Tiktok Live to explain what he really meant and distance himself from the comments on Saudi Arabia associated with him.

 The Backstory

The former Manchester City centre-back is one of the high-profile names in world football that moved to the Saudi Pro League last year, signing for Al-Nassr.

Aymeric Laporte recently granted an interview with the media, where he allegedly stated that players are becoming dissatisfied in Saudi Arabia. Speaking to AS via GOAL, he said:

Aymeric Laporte

 

“It’s a big change compared to Europe, but in the end it’s all adaptation. They haven’t made it easy for us. In fact, many players are dissatisfied, but hey; We are working on it every day, negotiating so to speak, and to see if it improves a little because this is something new for them too, having European players who already have a long career. Maybe they are not used to this and have to adapt to a little more seriousness.”

He also said that the Saudi Arabian authorities don’t honour contracts, adding:

“In every sense, but also on a day-to-day basis. Life for them… they take everything lightly. The ultimatum you can give them doesn’t matter to them. I mean, they’re really going about their business. You negotiate something and then they don’t accept it after you have signed it. They fight you.”

What has Laporte said now?

Following those comments, there has been pushback from Saudi fans and Laporte has now come out to debunk them, while claiming that his words were not translated well and is being misinterpreted by the media. The 29-year-old defender also adds he’s really enjoying life in Saudi Arabia.

He said on TikTok Live:

“I think it was the moment that I wasn’t thinking a lot. But I think that the translation is not actually good to the other languages. So I just want to say that I am very happy brothers, here in Arabia [Saudi]…the people here are amazing. To be honest, I didn’t expect that from you guys and just calm down, guys, with what you hear and what you read…”

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Peter Okereke

Peter Okereke is a hardcore soccer fan and grew his passion for the beautiful game since watching Didier Drogba score the winning goal at Wembley in the 2007 FA Cup final for Chelsea against Manchester United.
He is the founder of The Soccer Report and has 4+ years of industry experience, having been writing about football since August 2019.

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