Paris – French international striker Kylian Mbappe, the star of Paris Saint-Germain, first confirmed publicly that he informed his club of his wish to leave in a press interview at the end of July.
“My position was clear. I said I wanted to leave and I said it early enough to the officials in Saint-Germain. I said at the end of July I wanted to leave,” the 2018 world champion said in a media interview.
This is the first time Mbappe has addressed the issue, which has sparked major controversy in the football world, especially after the failure of a potential transfer to Real Madrid, which in August offered nearly €180 million to buy Mbappe’s final year. with the Paris team.
Despite this, Saint-Germain closed the door to negotiations, declaring through Brazil’s sporting director, Leonardo, that Mbappe “will leave or stay on our terms”. “I said: if you don’t want me to leave, I’ll stay,” said Mbappe, who did not renew his contract and fears within the club that he will leave for free next summer.
“People said I turned down six or seven renewal offers, that I didn’t want to talk to Leonardo anymore, that’s not true at all. I was told that Killian should now talk to Qatar’s president, Nasser Al-Khelaifi.
Mbappe also responded to accusations that he had waited until the last minute in the summer transfer market, in late August, to impose his departure as a fait accompli, denying that his intention was to leave as a “thief”.
“I have asked to leave because from the moment I did not want to renew my contract (which expires in the summer of 2022), I wanted the club to take advantage of my transfer fee to be able to get a good replacement” , said the Paris. pointedly explained.
Mbappe, 22, joined from Monaco in 2017 for 180 million euros from Saint-Germain.
The young striker said: “(Paris) is a club that has given me a lot, I have always been happy in my four years here, and I still am. I announced it early enough for the club to fulfill my wish. I wanted everyone to come out.