Laporte paid tribute to former City defender Vincent Kompany for the role he played in helping him settle at the club when he first arrived and for setting the example for him to follow.
“Vincent is a very good footballer and a very good person," he said.
“He is a top man and he helped all of us into the locker room.
“He was attentive of everything, helping in every session. In training he was a fighter - an example for everyone."