Kylian Mbappe has said staying at Paris-Saint-Germain was his only option at the moment after he told the club he would not extend his contract beyond 2024.
The France superstar told the press on Friday ahead of the Euro 2024 qualifier against Gibraltar in Portugal, that his goal was to carry on at the club.
“I’ve already answered this question, I said that my goal was to carry on at the club, to stay at PSG, it’s my only option for now,” Mbappe said.
Mbappe earlier this week sent a letter to the club confirming he would not take up an option to remain at the French champions until 2025.
“I didn’t think a letter could kill or offend someone,” Mbappe said on Friday.
The 24-year-old forward, one of the most coveted players in world football, further said that he never discussed extending his contract with PSG beyond next year.
Mbappe said he wasn’t surprised by suggestions PSG could look to cash in by selling him now, rather than allowing him to leave for nothing at the end of next season.
“No, there’s not much that shocks me,” he said.
“I accept everything, people can talk, criticise, I understand,” he said. “People don’t have all the ins and outs. I know why I do what I do, and I say what I say. There’s no problem with that.”
“I have a responsibility as captain. A few noises won’t make me run away from this responsibility. It’s not my temperament to run away,” he added.
Mbappe, who was named as France’s new captain before they began Euro qualifying in March, said they were on the same page with the president Emmanuel Macron, who had earlier said he would ‘try to push’ for the player to stay in France.
“He wants for me to stay in Paris and my goal is to stay, so we’re on the same wavelength,” said Mbappe.
After playing Gibraltar in Faro, World Cup runners-ups France host Greece on Monday in Group B of Euro 2024 qualifying.