Aymeric Laporte quells transfer talk

Laporte quells transfer talk
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Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte insists that he is "not focused on rumours" amid reported interest from Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte has said that he is "not focused on rumours" amid reported interest from Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

The 19-year-old is widely regarded as one of the best young centre-backs in European football, with his performances over the last 12 months drawing a host of outside interest.

Barcelona and Bayern have both been strongly linked with the Frenchman, but the player has hinted that his long-term future is with Bilbao.

"I want to focus on playing in the Champions League with Athletic. I won't talk about anything else," he told reporters.

"I'm not focused on rumours."

Bilbao secured fourth place in La Liga with a 3-0 win over Rayo Vallecano on Friday evening.

Athletic Bilbao's French defender Aymeric Laporte tackles Barcelona's defender Martin Montoya during the Spanish league football match Athletic Club Bilbao vs FC Barcelona at the San Mames stadium in Bilbao on December 1, 2013
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