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Athletic's Laporte seeks to clarify Barcelona comments

He was quoted as saying "I would reject an offer from Barça", but told AS: "At no time did I make the statements published by a number of media outlets."

Athletic's Laporte seeks to clarify Barcelona comments

Athletic Club central defender Aymeric Laporte has moved to clarify comments attributed to him in recent hours regarding the possibility of a future move to La Liga rivals Barcelona.

Laporte was quoted in the French press as saying: "They [Barça] are one of the most important clubs in the word, but I would reject an offer from them."

But the 21-year-old, again stressing that he has not been on the receiving end of any approaches from the Catalan outfit, told AS: "At no time did I make the statements that have been published by a number of media outlets."

And he added: "All I said was that to reach a decision on an offer, first it has to exist and then it has to be analysed. What's more, it would have to go through the club first."