PARIS (WNN) – Kylian Mbappe has confirmed he has told Paris Saint-Germain he wants to leave the club in July, in an interview released on Monday by French broadcaster RMC.
Having entered the last season of a five-year contract with PSG, Mbappe was under notice of a 200 million euro ($230 million) bid from Real Madrid in August.
“I asked to leave,” said the 22-year-old star, adding that once he decided not to renew his deal, “I wanted the club to get a transfer fee for a quality replacement.”
Mbappé could sign a pre-contact deal with another club in January and join PSG at no charge after the season.
He asked to leave in July and expected to leave with a good deal and respect from all sides. Mbappe said there are reports that his request in the last week of August made him sound like a thief.
“I said, ‘If you don’t want me to go, I will’,” Mbappe told his interviewer, former France and PSG player Jerome Rothen. “This is a club that has given me a lot and I have always been happy.”
PSG declined Madrid’s interest and then signed free agent Lionel Messi in August to launch a superstar attack alongside Mbappe and Neymar as the club chases down a first Champions League title.
Excerpts from the interview were published on Monday, a day before a longer interview aired.
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