Kylian Mbappe has insisted he has not asked to leave Paris Saint-Germain in the January transfer window, and was shocked by reports that he had.
The forward, who signed an incredibly lucrative three-year contract in May, has been unhappy with goings-on behind the scenes at Parc des Princes and had informed higher ups of his desire to leave the club.
It has been widely reported across Europe that Mbappe is looking to engineer a route out of the French capital, while the jobs of head coach Christophe Galtier and sporting advisor Luis Campos are under threat.
However, following PSG’s 1-0 win against Marseille in Le Classique, Mbappe denied that he is seeking a move away from his hometown club.
“I’m very happy, I never asked for my departure in January,” Mbappe said.
“The story that came out… I didn’t understand. I was just as shocked as everyone else. There are people who may think I’m involved in this, but I’m not involved, I was taking a nap. My entourage was at my little brother’s game, all the people who take care of me weren’t there so we were flabbergasted when we heard about it.
“Afterwards, we had to deal with it, there was a game to play. Just to say that it is completely wrong and I am very happy.”
When asked about how off-field dramas have been impacting him, Mbappe added. “I am a football player, the most important thing for me is to play and give my best on the pitch. If I start to scatter myself, I’m going to get tired very quickly.
“When you play at PSG, you know what you’re getting into, what it’s going to involve for good and for bad. You have to be ready. Those who come here know, we warn them. We are in the middle of it at the moment but we are focused on winning matches and titles.”