Kylian Mbappe opens on PSG transfer exit plans as Real Madrid continue to monitor star

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PSG superstar Kylian Mbappe has opened up on his failed attempt to leave the club over the summer. The France forward was strongly linked with a big-money move to Real Madrid towards the end of the window, but a move never transpired.

PSG striker Mbappe has revealed that he told the club that he wanted to leave the French capital this summer.

The 22-year-old’s admission comes just two months before he can begin negotiating a pre-contract with foreign clubs with his deal at PSG set to expire at the end of the season.

Mbappe has endured an indifferent start to the campaign, scoring four Ligue 1 goals in nine starts, while providing two assists in the Champions League.

Alongside Neymar and new recruit Lionel Messi, the trio are one of the most formidable attacks in world football.

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But they might not have had the chance to play together if Mbappe had got his initial wish back in July to leave the Parc des Princes

He told RMC Sport: “I asked to leave in July, 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 I 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 make a good deal and I respected that.

“I said, if you don’t want me to go I will stay.”

Mbappe did shut down any rumours that he has rejected seven different contract offers from PSG.

But he did not appear to confirm that he was any closer to extending his stay with the club who signed him for a reported £154million back in 2018.

Real Madrid led the charge for Mbappe’s signature at the end of last summer, and had multiple bids turned down, according to reports.

On deadline day, it was claimed that Los Blancos had lodged a £171m bid for the player who is out of contract in under a year.

But the offer was turned down by PSG, who are clearly confident he will agree new terms before his deal is up.

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