Paris, Oct 4 (EFE).- French star Kylian Mbappé revealed he asked to leave Paris Saint Germain in July so that his departure could be profitable for the French club.
“I asked to leave because at the moment I did not want to renew, I wanted the club to be able to have a transfer fee and to get a good replacement,” he said during an interview with the RMC Sport radio.
Mbappe, who turns 23 in December, said he made the request early “so that the club can adapt”.
During the interview after PSG’s Champions League 2-0 win over Manchester City and which will be fully released on Tuesday, Mbappe denied he would wait to the last minute to announce his desire to leave the club.
“I said I wanted to go and I said it pretty early. I personally didn’t like it too much when they said ‘the last week of August is coming’, because you look like a thief. I said at the end of July that I wanted to go,” he added.
He said he wanted to leave on good terms with PSG: “It’s a club that has given me a lot, I’ve always been happy, the four years I’ve spent here, and I still am”.
“I wanted everyone to benefit, that we end up shaking hands, that we reach a good agreement and I respected that. I told them: ‘if you don’t want me to go, I’ll stay’,” he added.
Mbappe, who was part of the French team that won the 2018 FIFA World Cup, has been linked with a move to Real Madrid as he turned down renewal offers.
This summer, PSG turned down a 180-million-euro bid made by Real Madrid for the French player. EFE