Kylian Mbappe still feels that leaving Paris Saint-Germain in the summer just past would have been a logical step, but has said that the only club he wanted to leave the Parc des Princes for was Real Madrid.
The Frenchman was keen to leave PSG over the summer and Los Blancos made a late push for him on transfer deadline day, though nothing was agreed with Real Madrid and Mbappe‘s current club.
“If I had left this summer, it would only have been for Real Madrid,” Mbappe told L’Equipe and RMC in an interview.
“I thought my adventure here was over. I wanted something else. I’d been in Ligue 1 for six or seven years, I’d given everything to Paris and had done well. That was my thought, leaving was the next logical step.”
PSG have stood firm in their stance about Mbappe though, and they have said before that he won’t be leaving the club on a free transfer, which left him concerned.
“When your president tells everyone that you’re not leaving and you’re not going for free, you worry a little,” Mbappe said. “I was worried at that time. I’m not going to lie.
“I asked myself what would happen if I didn’t leave for free. What could happen to me? But it was their way of showing their commitment to me. It meant the club wanted me and didn’t want to let me go.”
Real Madrid’s offers were no secret, and the forward admits to having felt some disappointment at not being able to get his move.
“I was a little [disappointed] at the time,” Mbappe confessed. “When you want to leave, you’re not happy if you stay.
“But I moved on quickly. Unfortunately I got injured with the national team. I went home uickly, had time to cry while I had no games, then I came back, scored, and did well again.”
Despite his desire to leave the Parc des Princes, he was never willing to get into a feud with PSG.
“It would have been ungrateful,” Mbappe said. “I wouldn’t have thanked a club that welcomed me at 18 and gave me four great years.
“As well, I always want to play, to show that I’m a great player, and nothing affects me, not even a failed transfer. I can make a difference until my last day here.”