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Aymeric Laporte quells transfer talk

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.

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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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1Barcelona44001431112
2Real Madrid4310113810
3Celta Vigo42117527
4Espanyol42115327
5Getafe42114227
6GironaGirona421156-17
7AlavesAlaves421134-17
8Athletic Bilbao31205415
9Atletico MadridAtletico412134-15
10Real Betis412113-25
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13Real Sociedad411267-14
14Villarreal411223-14
15EibarEibar411246-24
16Huesca4112612-64
17Valencia403135-23
18Rayo Vallecano310225-33
19Real Valladolid402202-22
20Leganes401349-51

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