Mbappe’s future was the subject of much speculation over the summer as he emerged as a primary target for Real, who submitted multiple bids for his services.
The Spanish giants’ final offer reportedly came in at over €220 million (£188m/$255m), but PSG refused to sanction the striker’s departure, despite the fact he continued to stall on signing a new contract at Parc des Princes.
PSG sporting director Leonardo admitted that Mbappe had requested a transfer after the summer window closed, while also accusing Real of using underhand tactics in their pursuit of the World Cup winner.
Mbappe has now confirmed that he expressed his desire to move on, but has dismissed any suggestion that he also rejected the chance to pen fresh terms with the Ligue 1 club.
The French striker has told RMC Sport:
“People said I turned down six or seven extension offers, that I don’t want to talk to Leonardo anymore, that’s absolutely not true.
“I asked to leave, because from the moment I did not want to extend, I wanted the club to have a transfer fee to have a quality replacement.
“It is a club which brought me a lot, I have always been happy, the four years that I spent here, and I still am. I announced it early enough that the club can turn around. I
“I wanted everyone to come out grown-up, to go out hand in hand, to make a good deal, and I respected that. I said, if you don’t don’t want me to leave, I will stay.”