Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe had his heart set on a summer move to Real Madrid but he always knew he could go for free next year, which is why he has said it scared him when the French club’s president said he’d never leave.
The 22-year-old France international, already widely regarded as one of the top players in the game, has revealed that PSG’s attitude to his situation this past transfer window made him uncomfortable, but he only wanted what was best for all parties.
“It’s scary when your president says ‘he’s never going to go for free'” Mbappe told RMC Sport.
“When I heard that, I swallowed hard and said to myself ‘so what’s going to happen here?”
It was a transfer saga that absorbed the football world in the final days of the summer window and prompted many debates, even threatening to break the very nature of the transfer system.
PSG did not budge
The Parisian club were not for selling, even at a ridiculously high price and even though the player had only a year left on his contract. Many thought they might be better off cashing in, including the player himself.
“I asked to leave, because from the moment I did not want to extend [my contract], I wanted the club to have a transfer fee to find a quality replacement,” said Mbappe.
“It is a club that has given me a lot, I have always been happy, the four years I spent here, and I am still happy. I announced it early enough … I said, if you don’t want me to leave, I’ll stay.”
The young attacker also wanted to clear up a couple of points surrounding the story, insisting that rumours of him turning down many offers from PSG are untrue, as is the club’s assertion that he expressed his desire to leave late in the window.
“People have said that I refused six or seven offers of extension, that I do not want to talk to [sporting director] Leonardo, this is absolutely not true. They told me ‘Kylian now you talk with the president’,” said Mbappe.
“Personally, I did not appreciate the fact that they said I came [with the news he wanted to leave] the last week of August. I said at the end of July that I wanted to go.”
If there was any doubt about Mbappe’s future lying away from Paris, it would appear that all bridges have certainly been burnt now. The player feels he tried to do everything by the book but has been lied about and intimidated in response.
Whatever the PSG president thinks, it’s hard to see how they could stop him from leaving or even convince him to stay now.