The Spain international lost his starting spot to John Stones and Ruben Dias last season and faces a tough fight to win it back,But for the majority of 2021, he wasn't even viewed as the best left-sided central defender at Manchester City.
Now, the centre-back faces an uncertain future, with the 27-year-old set to start the new season as the third choice centre-back.
Laporte's return last January, after he had missed four months of the season with a knee injury. Guardiola had needed a senior centre-back following the departure of Vincent Kompany and Laporte's lengthy absence only further exposed their shortage in the centre of defence, which is why he also signed Nathan Ake from Bournemouth for £40m ($53m.)
City broke their own transfer record last summer when they brought Ruben Dias to the club in a £62 million ($79m) deal from Benfica. At 23, Dias was viewed as a long-term option for the club but his immediate impact took many, including Guardiola, by surprise.
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