Aymeric Laporte has appeared to offer up a sarcastic Jose Mourinho-inspired response to the PFA following his sensational Team of the Year snub.
The Spanish centre-back enjoyed yet another stellar season in which he was integral to Manchester City's cause as Pep Guardiola's side claimed a fourth Premier League crown in five years. The 28-year-old was a mainstay at the heart of City's defence, making 33 Premier League appearances and contributing four goals as the Manchester club added yet another league title to their honours list.
However, his Premier League performances clearly weren't deemed impressive enough by the PFA, who brutally snubbed the City centre-back in their Team of the Year selection. Judging by his social media activity, it seems Laporte is just as baffled by the decision as the rest of us.
Seemingly in response to the selection snub, the French-born defender shared a cryptic post with his Twitter followers. And he drew inspiration from the Premier League's notorious king of mind games, Mourinho.
Laporte posted a GIF of Mourinho at his moody best from back in March 2014 when the manager's Chelsea side suffered a 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa in a match which saw three red cards – two to his players and one to the Portuguese coach himself. The GIF, from Mourinho's iconic post-match interview that day, included the subtitles: "I prefer not to speak. If I speak, big trouble. Big trouble. I don't want to be in big trouble."
While Laporte opted to heed Mourinho's advice by not including any words within his tweet, the City centre-back did attach three emojis: a man face-palming, a person shrugging their shoulders and a kiss-face emoticon. As if the defender hadn't already made his point clear enough, he then took to Instragram to share a number of posts to his story showing impressive statistics and records from his season just gone.
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It appears his club side were also in agreement over the snub. Just half an hour after Laporte's post, City sent out a tweet of their own: a montage of the defender's best bits from the Premier League season just gone. The tweet's caption read: "The best of @Laporte in 2021/22!" followed by a closed door emoji.
The PFA Team of the Year saw Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk and Chelsea's Antonio Rudiger selected ahead of Laporte at centre-back, as just three City players controversially made the cut. Joao Cancelo featured at left-back while Kevin De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva were included in a midfield three.
In contrast, Premier League runners-up Liverpool saw six of their side make the team, alongside Chelsea's Rudiger and Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo. And Laporte wasn't the only one left in disbelief by the line-up – fans fumed as Ronaldo in particular was selected ahead of Tottenham star and joint Golden Boot winner Son Heung-min.
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