Paris Saint-Germain s French forward Kylian Mbappe reacts during the French L1 football match between Stade Rennais (Rennes) and Paris Saint-Germain at the Roazhon Park in Rennes on October 3, 2021. (AFP)
Mbappe was subject to reported bids from Real Madrid approaching 200 million euros ($230 million) in August as he entered the last season of a five-year contract with PSG.
``I asked to leave,'' the 22-year-old star said, explaining once he decided not to renew his deal ``I wanted the club to have a transfer fee to have a quality replacement.''
Mbappe can sign a pre-contact agreement with another club in January and join after the season with PSG getting no fee.
He asked to go in July and hoped to leave with a good deal and respect on all sides. Reports that his request was in the last week of August made him sound like a thief, Mbappe said.
``I said, `If you don't want me to go, I will stay','' Mbappe told his interviewer, former France and PSG player Jerome Rothen. ``It's a club that that's given me a lot and I've always been happy.''
PSG rejected Madrid's interest then signed free agent Lionel Messi in August to form a superstar attack with Mbappe and Neymar as the club pursues a first Champions League title.
Extracts of the interview were published Monday one day ahead of a longer interview being broadcast.
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