He said (via GFFN): “I asked to leave, because from the moment where I did not want to extend, I wanted for the club to receive a transfer fee so that they could bring in a quality replacement. This club has given me a lot, I have always been happy, the 4 years IO have had 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 Mae a good deal and I respected that. I said, if you don’t want me to go I will stay.”
Mbappe has now confirmed that he informed the French club of his decision back in July but PSG played out the narrative that the transfer request came in too late and they could not bring in proper reinforcements.
The World Cup winner will be a free agent at the end of this season and it is more or less certain that he will leave PSG on a free transfer.
Mbappe claims that Real Madrid would have been his destination if PSG sanctioned a summer move and therefore it is fair to assume that Real Madrid will be leading the chase for Mbappe’s services next summer as well.
Signing a player of his calibre on a free transfer would be a masterstroke from Florentino Perez and it remains to be seen whether all parties can come together and pull off the move.
PSG have always been adamant that Mbappe will not leave the club anytime soon and it will be interesting to see whether the club hierarchy can convince the French international to drop his transfer desire and sign a new deal with them in the coming months.