Kylian Mbappe has slammed Paris Saint-Germain for handling his failed transfer to Real Madrid and insisted he informed the French club of his desire to leave in July.
Real were ready to spend Â£ 197million to sign France’s World Cup winner this summer, but PSG refused to close a sale, despite the striker’s contract expiring at the end of the season. season.
Mbappe, 22, who joined PSG in 2017 in a transfer worth Â£ 165million, is able to sign a pre-contract deal with another club in January.
Speaking to a French radio RMC Sport, Mbappe said: “I asked to leave. Because at the time when I didn’t want to extend my contract, I wanted the club to have a transfer fee to get a quality replacement.
“It is (PSG) a club that has given me a lot. I have always been happy, the four years I have spent here, and I still am.
“I wanted everyone to come out of this stronger, to go hand in hand, to get a good deal and I respected that.
“I said, ‘If you don’t want me to go, I’ll stay’.”
Mbappe, who has won three Ligue 1 titles and three French Cups, is PSG’s top scorer in the league this season with four goals for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
“People said I turned down six or seven extension offers, which I don’t want to talk to [sporting director] Leonardo, this is absolutely not true, “he added.
“They said ‘Kylian, now you’re talking to the president.’
“Personally, I didn’t appreciate the fact that they said I came [with the news he wanted to leave] the last week of August. I said at the end of July that I wanted to go. “
PSG sporting director Leonardo said earlier this month that he was convinced Mbappe would sign a new contract at Parc des Princes.