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Didier Deschamps: “Aymeric Laporte could refuse my call-up, even though I doubt he will.”

Speaking at a press conference today, Didier Deschamps articulated on his decision to give Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte his first national team call-up.

“I did not sound out Laporte. He was with the U21s, therefore he was available for selection. He is free to refuse my call-up even though I doubt he will. I am not here to secure the future Aymeric Laporte for France, I have called him up because his time has come.”

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