I Wanted to Leave – Mbappe told PSG in July

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The French Football club, Paris Saint-Germain, are criticised by Kylian Mbappe for their handling of his failed transfer to Real Madrid and insisted he informed the French club of his desire to leave in July.

Real were prepared to spend £197m to sign the France World Cup winner in the summer but PSG refused to agree a sale, despite the forward’s contract running out at the end of the season.

Mbappe, 22, who joined PSG in 2017 in a transfer worth £165m, is able to sign a pre-contract agreement with another club in January.

Speaking to French radio station RMC Sport, Mbappe said: “I asked to leave. Because at the moment that I did not want to extend my contract I wanted the club to have a transfer fee to get a replacement of quality.

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“It (PSG) is a club that has brought 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, that we leave hand in hand, to make a good deal and I respected that.

“I said, ‘If you don’t want me to go I will stay’.”

Mbappe, who has won three Ligue 1 titles and three French Cups, is PSG’s top league goalscorer this season with four goals for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

“People have said that I refused six or seven offers of extension, that I do not want to talk to [sporting director] Leonardo, this is absolutely not true,” he added.

“They told me ‘Kylian now you talk with the president.’

“Personally, I did not 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 he is confident Mbappe will sign a new contract at the Parc des Princes.

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