After a summer of uncertainty fueled by Real Madrid interest, Kylian Mbappe has finally revealed his side of the story at PSG.
Kylian Mbappe has confirmed he handed in a transfer request to Paris Saint-Germain in July amid interest from Real Madrid.
Despite Mbappe having less than a year to spare on his contract, PSG rebuffed multiple offers from Real Madrid. The Spanish giants reportedly submitted bids worth around €200 million.
The Parisians refused to change their stance, even though sporting director Leonardo admitted Mbappe wanted to leave.
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Now the 22-year-old has now spoken about the transfer saga for the first time and denied claims he has rejected several contract offers at the Parc des Princes.
“I asked to leave because, from the moment where I did not want to extend, I wanted for the club to receive a transfer fee so that they could bring in a quality replacement,” Mbappe told RMC Sport.
“This club has given me a lot, I have always been happy, the 4 years I have had here, and I still am. I said it early enough so that the club could react. I wanted everyone to come out of this stronger, that we leave hand in hand, to Mae a good deal and I respected that. I said, if you don’t want me to go I will stay.”
“The people who say that I have rejected 6 or 7 extension offers, that I do not want to speak with Leonardo anymore, that is absolutely not true. I am told: “Kylian now you speak with the president.”
Mbappe added: “That is not up to me to judge, but for me, my position has been clear. I said that I wanted to leave, and I said it quite early.
“Me, personally, I did not appreciate the idea that “yes, he came in the final week of August…” because that, that makes me sound like a thief. I said at the end of July I wanted to leave.”