The comeback win against Schalke in the UEFA Champions League, as well as winning the Carabao Cup, weren’t the only thing for Manchester City to celebrate about last week.
The defending champions also extended crucial defender Aymeric Laporte’s contract until 2025, retaining his services for a better part of the next decade.
Laporte had only signed for City just over a year ago, but has quickly adapted to the Premier League’s environment and helped keep them defensively dominant. He’s helped them keep 12 clean-sheets in 27 appearances, while only conceding 19 goals.
An intelligent defender, he’s also made 69 clearances, 30 interceptions and 144 ball-recoveries to prove himself as Pep Guardiola’s asset in defence. Not only has he been sharp defensively, but the fact that he’s made the highest passes in the league(2,313) and averages 85 passes per game (stats via Premier League) proves how well he’s taken to Pep’s system.
The French defender is slowly immersing himself into a role Vincent Kompany’s made his own and pinning him for such a long contract shows City’s ambitions to mould Laporte into their next defensive leader. They’ve also made sure to remain a defensive force for a long time, with John Stones and Laporte at the heart of their backline.
City have also proven why their project isn’t only focusing on current success, but continued success for the long-term. Having brought together a young, vibrant squad which will only get better as players hit their peak, Pep Guardiola’s men are destined to stay at the top of the Premier League for a long time.