Kylian Mbappé is unhappy at Paris Saint-Germain and wants to leave in January, although the club have no intention of selling the forward after he signed a new three-year contract in May.
Mbappé was not impressed by PSG’s work in the summer transfer market and is upset he has been asked to play almost every game this season as a No 9 rather than in his preferred position off the left.
The situation between club and player is tense but PSG believe he has let his discontent be known to put pressure on them and intend to rebuff any offers for the 23-year-old.
Mbappé had been expected to leave PSG for Real Madrid last summer but stunned the Spanish club by committing his future to the team he joined from Monaco in 2017.
The France international said then: “I am convinced that here I can continue to grow within a club that gives itself all the means to perform at the highest level.” He had expected PSG to take a different approach in the market from the one that followed under the football adviser, Luis Campos.
The club signed the midfielders Vitinha, Fabián Ruiz, Carlos Soler and Renato Sanches, the defenders Nuno Mendes and Nordi Mukiele and the young forward Hugo Ekitike for a total of about £125m.
Mbappé has scored 11 times in 12 appearances this season for PSG, who are top of Ligue 1 under Christophe Galtier with eight wins and two draws from 10 matches and play at home to Benfica in the Champions League on Tuesday night.