Following his failed mega-money summer move to Real Madrid, Kylian Mbappe has claimed he sought to leave Paris Saint-Germain at the end of July.
PSG’s owners did not even respond to the Spanish giants’ proposals of £137 million and £154 million for the France international. The 22-year-contract old’s at the Parc des Princes is coming to an end, and he will be available on a free transfer at the end of the season after refusing to agree to new terms.
But, speaking to RMC Sport in France, Mbappe revealed that he intended to depart in the middle of the summer to allow the Ligue 1 giants time to find a replacement.
The France international, on the other hand, refuted that he had turned down many contract extensions and slammed claims that he only wanted to push a move to LaLiga in the final week of the transfer window.
After their first bid, PSG sporting director Leonardo accused Real of ‘illegal and disrespectful behavior,’ adding that the proposal seems like a scheme from Real to get us to say ‘no,’ and then to declare that they did everything to obtain him before acquiring him on a free transfer.’
Mbappe, on the other hand, alleges he asked to leave after returning to the club in late July after a long break after representing his country at Euro 2020. ‘That is not up to me to judge, but for me, my position has been clear,’ Mbappe said when asked if club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi had taken over talks from the Brazilian due to his failure to agree on a deal.
Mbappe was Madrid’s primary desire throughout Zinedine Zidane’s tenure, and rumors say they may explore a loan deal for Edinson Cavani in January as a stopgap measure.
The 2018 World Cup winner is also interested in making the switch, and it is largely assumed that he would join Los Blancos when his current deal expires in the summer.
Despite Mbappe becoming a free agent in 2022, Real Madrid made many attempts to capture him in the summer. Karim Benzema, a fellow Frenchman, suggested earlier this month that Mbappe’s signing with Real Madrid is only a matter of time.’
Mbappe joined PSG on a loan deal in 2017 before converting the deal into a £165 million permanent transfer the following year. He has since scored 136 goals in 182 appearances for the Ligue 1 club, with four league goals in nine games this season.