Aymeric Laporte reveals challenges of Saudi Pro League move: ‘There are many players who are dissatisfied’

Aymeric Laporte He became the latest player to express displeasure at his experience after moving to the Saudi Pro League in an interview with AS on Friday. Laporte joined Sudi Pro League side Al-Nassr during the summer Manchester City and has made 14 league appearances, registering two goals and one assist, but as the defender reflected on his experience playing Saudi ArabThis shows that some of the promises of the Saudi Pro League do not match the reality of players’ day-to-day experiences.

From demands to play matches every three days to not keeping promises and spending three hours a day in the car, Laporte refused to say he would like to leave Al-Nassr, but left the option open if things did not work out. left. Changes in the future.

“Let’s see, you’re OK… It’s a big change compared to Europe, but in the end it’s all adaptation. They haven’t made it easy for us,” Laporte said of how he is coping with life in Saudi Arabia. Keeping pace. “Actually, there are many players who are dissatisfied, but hey; we are working on it every day, talking and seeing if it improves a little bit because it is something new for them too, the Europeans. Players who have already had a long career. Maybe they’re not used to it and have to adjust to a little more seriousness.”

coming on the heels of Jordan Henderson’s exit from Ajax And Karim Benzema With two other players, who arrived last summer as part of the league’s unprecedented spending spree in Europe, not reporting to camp with Al-Ittihad, it is clear that playing football in Saudi Arabia is not what some players expected. However, Laporte is one of the first to delve deeply into, and even negotiate, some of the direct conflicts he faces in the country. This was an issue that Henderson faced as most of his salary was deferred. Even when it comes to contract provisions, LaPorte said, “You negotiate something and then after you sign they don’t accept it.”

It’s a reminder that Saudi Arabian football is outside the auspices of UEFA in Europe and has greater freedom of self-governance which could lead to contract enforcement issues (not that players going unpaid is unheard of in Europe). Clubs like Al-Nassr are owned by the Saudi Public Investment Fund, which adds further complications to the contracts. Despite currently playing football with one of the biggest public supporters in the Saudi Pro League, Cristiano RonaldoLaporte acknowledged that athletes are better looked after in Europe.

Does this mean he is ready to follow Henderson’s example and leave the country six months after his arrival? “No. Let’s see. Right now, I haven’t thought about it, but if I’m disappointed in such a short period of time, you wonder what to do,” Laporte said when asked if that would lead him to leave the club. Will have to. -Nasar. “That moment has not yet come, but if this dynamic continues it may happen in the future.”

When it comes to life in the city of Riyadh, Laporte said that although the city’s shopping and cleanliness is exceptional, the need to spend at least an hour and a half in the car makes it almost impossible to enjoy the traffic. They had different expectations, but looking beyond the financial aspects, there is room for improvement for the Spanish international.

“The thing is that we’re almost never [home], Because we play games every three days and it is tiring. I would say it’s more tiring than boring,” Laporte said. “There are many games played and very close together, and it doesn’t allow you to relax too much. Between that and then you go to the national team and they don’t give you time off and so, mentally and physically it’s complicated, even if the pace is different or a little less. This is somewhat difficult.”

While playing multiple matches per week is practiced around the world, the rest days in between are important for recovery. After the interview, Laporte apologized For his statements during a live stream and said that he is happy in Saudi Arabia. still. Three makes a trend. And with the help of Henderson and Benzema, it is clear that the Pro League is struggling to meet its spending promises.

Something has to give as more information emerges about the experience in Saudi Arabia and recruiting top athletes will become harder, but it seems we are coming to a crossroads in the Saudi project to make the league one of the best. In this world. The league is still in competition with places like Major League Soccer, and while the American organization may have its own challenges (and players coming from Europe often face hassles in terms of travel), it certainly has stable The contract provisions are the same for players and some of the facilities in big cities that they are accustomed to. And certainly the Pro League does not want to compete with the only American destination. It has lofty goals which include becoming one of the best leagues in the world. Things will need to improve for Saudi Arabia to continue its rapid pace of attracting top athletes.

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