Kylian Mbappe told RMC Sport that he asked to leave PSG in July and the same French outlet reported that subsequently, Liverpool made an offer to sign him.
He told the French news source: “I asked to leave [in July] because from the moment I didn’t want to extend, I wanted the club to receive a transfer fee to have a quality replacement.
“I wanted something respectful: I said, if you don’t want me to leave, I’ll stay.”
Real Madrid are the favourites to land Mbappe at the end of the season but after Messi was forced to leave Barcelona, crazier things have happened than the Frenchman moving to Liverpool.
Mbappe continued: “Personally, I didn’t really appreciate Paris Saint-Germain saying: ‘He is asking to leave in the last week of August…’ because that is wrong.
“It made me feel like a thief. I informed them early, at the end of July.
“I asked to leave in July, yes – but it’s not true that I’ve turned down 7 contract extension proposals. Paris Saint-Germain have given me a lot. I have always been happy in the four years I spent here, and I still am”.
After a win over Manchester City in the Champions League, PSG slipped to a 2-0 defeat against Rennes and while Messi and Mbappe combined for a delightful goal against Pep Guardiola’s side, it seems as though the French forward and his superstar teammates are still struggling to gel.
Liverpool reportedly submitted a proposal to sign him but PSG refused to sell him to Real Madrid despite their €160m offer and it seems unlikely that the Reds would have come anywhere close to that kind of offer.
However, with Mbappe’s contract set to expire in June next year, he will be free to join his next club for free and while his massive wage demands are sure to be an issue for the likes of Liverpool, there is a major opportunity to sign him next summer.
Given that Liverpool are stalling on offering Mohamed Salah the £300-380k/week wages he wants, it’s difficult to imagine they would go onto hand the same offer to Mbappe.
He reportedly earns £403,000/week.