PSG refused to negotiate over a deal for Mbappe in August, despite the 22-year-old having just a year left on his contract. Sources in Madrid previously told ESPN that Madrid made bids of €160m, €180m and finally €200m on Aug. 31 before the transfer window closed.
Speaking to RMC Sport to clarify the situation, Mbappe said: “I asked to leave because from the moment I didn’t want to extend [my contract], I wanted the club to receive a transfer fee to bring in a quality replacement. It’s a club that’s given me a lot, I’ve always been happy during the four years I’ve been here and I still am. I said it early enough so that the club could react.
“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 leave, I will stay.
“People said that I had refused six or seven contract offers and that I no longer wanted to talk to Leonardo, but that’s absolutely not true. They told me, ‘Kylian now you talk with the president.’
When asked about Leonardo’s failure to complete a deal, Mbappe replied: “That’s not for me to judge but my position was clear. I said that I wanted to leave and I said it quite early on.
“Personally, I did not appreciate the idea that, ‘Yes, he came in the final week of August,’ because that makes me sound like a thief. I said at the end of July I wanted to leave.”
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