Aymeric Laporte born 27 May 1994) is a French professional footballer who plays for English club Manchester City mainly as a central defender.
Born in Agen, Aquitaine, Laporte started playing football and rugby at the age of five, and began his development at SU Agen Football. In 2009 he was invited to join Athletic Bilbao after being scouted, prompting debate over whether his signing met the criteria of their policy due to his tenuous links to the Basque region; by arrangement with the club, he spent a season with Aviron Bayonnais FC as he was too young to move outside France at the time.
Laporte arrived in Bilbao formally in 2010, joining Athletic's youth setup at Lezama and going on to play for its farm and reserve teams. On 28 November 2012 he made his debut with the main squad, playing the full 90 minutes in a 2–0 away win against Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona F.C. for the season's UEFA Europa League.