CONFIRMED: Laporte eligible to play for Spain as FIFA approves switch from France 
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CONFIRMED: Laporte eligible to play for Spain as FIFA approves switch from France 

Aymeric Laporte will be eligible to play for Spain after FIFA approved the switch of nationality from France to Spain on Friday. 

Laporte applied to be a Spanish Citizen earlier this week and his change of association was passed by the FIFA Players' Status Committee on Friday. This means the Manchester City defender is eligible to feature for Spain at next month's European Championship. 

"The player Aymeric Laporte is eligible to play for the representative teams of the RFEF - Spanish Football Association with immediate effect," a statement read. 

Laporte was allowed to declare for Spain after FIFA amended its rules last year to allow players to switch national teams. 

Players can make the switch as long as they had not played more than three matches for that country before the age of 21 and had not featured at a World Cup or continental tournament. 

Laporte, who signed for City in January 2018 for £57m, has never played for the France senior team despite making over 50 appearances for its youth teams. 

The 26-year-old center back grew up in France but moved to Spain in 2010 to join the youth academy of Athletic Bilbao.

See also: Laporte to switch national teams ahead of Euros

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