Kylian Mbappe says he told Paris Saint-Germain in July that he wanted to leave and criticised the club's handling of his failed move to Real Madrid.
PSG turned down several bids from Real for the World Cup-winning striker, who can leave as a free agent at the end of this season as his contract expires next June.
"I asked to leave, because from the moment I did not want to extend (my contract), I wanted the club to have a transfer fee to find a quality replacement," the 22-year-old told RMC Sport.
"It is a club that has given me a lot, I have always been happy, the four years I spent here, and I am still happy.
"I announced it early enough; I said, if you don't want me to leave, I'll stay."
Mbappe, who has scored four goals in 11 games for PSG this season, denied he refused "six or seven" contract offers.
"People have said that I refused six or seven offers of extension, that I do not want to talk to [PSG sporting director] Leonardo, this is absolutely not true.
"They told me, 'Kylian now you talk with the president’.
"Personally, I did not appreciate the fact that they said I came [with the news he wanted to leave] the last week of August. I said at the end of July that I wanted to go."