PSG Star goal striker Kylian Mbappe has denied rumours that he planned to leave Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in January 2019. The 23-year-old had earlier this year signed a new three-year contract with PSG, so last week’s announcement that he intended to quit PSG in January shocked the football world.
Mbappe claimed that he is content at PSG and is not aiming to push a move anytime soon, adding that he was as astonished as everyone else by the news that he wanted to leave the club. The French star became one of the highest-paid footballers in the world this summer after agreeing to a lucrative three-year deal with PSG.
“I never asked for my departure in January. The information that came out on the day of the (Champions League match against Benfica), I did not understand it. I am not involved in this information neither directly nor indirectly,” Mbappe told reporters after PSG’s 1-0 win over Olympique de Marseille in Ligue 1 on Sunday.
Mbappe reportedly wants to quit PSG because he is unhappy there and feels deceived by club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi after signing a new contract with the team this summer, according to reports in the French media. His conflict with teammate Neymar and social media criticism of Christophe Galtier, the head coach, inadvertently threw gasoline to the flames.
I never requested permission to leave – PSG Star Striker Mbappe
Mbappe has clarified the situation regarding his future, stating that he never requested permission from the team to leave in January. Prior to extending and signing a new contract at PSG this summer, Mbappe came very close to joining Real Madrid.
“I was as shocked by this news as everyone else. People may think I’m involved, I’m not at all. I was taking a nap, my entourage was at my little brother’s game. We were stunned when we found out,” Mbappe said.
“Afterwards, we had to deal with it, we had a match to play. I just wanted to say that it’s completely false, I’m very happy here,” he added.
Mbappe, who transferred to PSG on loan from French rivals Monaco in 2017, has quickly emerged as one of the club’s most important players. With 214 goals in 303 appearances across tournaments, the World Cup winner is currently one of the top forwards in the world and has contributed significantly to the success of the French club.
Mbappe will play next when PSG and Ajaccio square off in Ligue 1 on Saturday (October 22).