Aymeric Laporte has broken the silence within the Manchester City squad over their impending European ban.
UEFA confirmed in February that City would be excluded from both the Champions League and Europa League for the next two seasons for breaching Financial Fair Play rules.
The Premier League champions did not take too kindly to the news, vowing to fight the decision by taking it to the Court of Arbitration for Sport for appeal.
The outcome of that appeal is yet to be heard, but if the decision is upheld, the club may fear the loss of several key players, tearing down what they have built over the past few years.
However, defender Laporte has hinted that he would be happy to stay at City even with the obvious disappointment of not being able to play against the European elite.
“We are waiting for a final decision,” Laporte told El Chiringuito, as quoted by the Evening Standard. “We are going to see what happens next season.
“I am very happy here at Manchester City. I am enjoying my football here, we are doing great things here. In the last two years we have won eight trophies.”
With those comments, Laporte becomes the first City player to speak in public about the ban – after the club instructed the squad not to mention it to the media.