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Five players who spoke out against their own clubs after Kylian Mbappe outburst

Kylian Mbappe has recently spoken out against PSG over his potential summer move to Real Madrid – but the French star is not the player to have done so against their own club in the past

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Kylian Mbappe has revealed he claimed Paris Saint-Germain attempted to make him look like “a thief” after the Frenchman asked to leave the club this summer amid interest from Real Madrid.

The Spanish giants made multiple bids for Mbappe during the transfer window, including a €200million (£172m) deadline day offer, but any move for the Frenchman failed to materialise after attempts were repeatedly blocked by PSG.

Mbappe’s deal expires at the end of June, meaning he will be free to discuss terms with other clubs from January onwards.

The 22-year-old said he asked to leave PSG so that they could recoup a hefty fee for him, but now Mbappe could move elsewhere for free next summer.



Kylian Mbappe has said he asked PSG to leave the club to join Real Madrid




“I asked to leave, because from the moment where I did not want to extend, I wanted for the club to receive a transfer fee so that they could bring in a quality replacement,” Mbappe told French radio station RMC.

“This club has given me a lot, I have always been happy [during] the four years I have had here, and I still am. I said it early enough so that the club could react. I wanted everyone to come out of this stronger, that we leave hand in hand, to make a good deal and I respected that. I said, ‘If you don’t want me to go I will stay’.”









“Personally, I didn’t really appreciate Paris Saint-Germain saying, ‘He is asking to leave in the last week of August’ because that is wrong. It made me feel like a thief. I informed them early, at the end of July.

“People have said that I turned down six or seven extension offers, that I don’t want to talk to Leonardo [PSG’s sporting director] anymore, that’s absolutely not true. My position was clear, I said at the end of July that I wanted to leave.”

In light of Mbappe’s outburst, Mirror Sport looks at four other players who have spoken out against their own clubs in recent years.

Lionel Messi



Lionel Messi wanted to leave Barcelona for free in 2020




Messi broke down in tears as he announced he was leaving Barcelona this summer, but there was a period of time when the Argentine wanted to leave the Catalan giants.

Last summer, Messi sent ex-Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu a burofax which expressed his desire to leave the club, shortly after they were humiliated 8-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

Messi’s contract stipulated he could leave the club for free, should he want to before June 10 2020, but the deadline was missed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Argentine argued the delays caused by the pandemic meant the clause was still valid, but Barcelona disputed the claim and ultimately convinced the Argentine to stay.

Luis Suarez



Luis Suarez faced an uncertain future at Liverpool in 2013




After three-and-a-half years at Liverpool, Suarez felt it was time for a new challenge away from Anfield.

“My reason for leaving is my family and my image, I don’t feel comfortable here any more,” Suarez said in 2013.

Arsenal, who were the only known suitor at the time, famously bid £40,000,001 to sign Suarez after Liverpool had stated £40m was not enough, but it was instantly rejected by the Reds.

The Uruguayan officially stated his desire to leave in the August of 2013, but Suarez eventually remained at the club.

Suarez and Liverpool came within inches of the title the season after, only to be pipped by Manchester City.

The following summer, Suarez did eventually get his move when Barcelona came calling.

Wayne Rooney



Wayne Rooney almost left Manchester United in 2010




Although Rooney remained at Old Trafford until 2017, it’s easy to forget that the former England forward wanted out of United seven years prior.

In a strongly worded statement, Rooney revealed that the club could not match his ambitions

The forward was responding to comments made by Sir Alex Ferguson the day before in which he said Rooney showed no respect for United and had let him down.

Rooney statement read: “I met with David Gill [United’s chief executive] last week and he did not give me any of the assurances I was seeking about the future squad.

“I then told him that I would not be signing a new contract.

“I was interested to hear what Sir Alex had to say yesterday and surprised by some of it. It is absolutely true, as he said, that my agent and I have had a number of meetings with the club about a new contract. During those meetings in August I asked for assurances about the continued ability of the club to attract the top players in the world.

“I have never had anything but complete respect for MUFC. How could I not have done given its fantastic history and especially the last six years in which I have been lucky to play a part?

“For me its all about winning trophies – as the club has always done under Sir Alex. Because of that I think the questions I was asking were justified.

“Despite recent difficulties, I know I will always owe Sir Alex Ferguson a huge debt. He is a great manager and mentor who has helped and supported me from the day he signed me from Everton when I was only 18.

“For Manchester United’s sake I wish he could go on forever because he’s a one‑off and a genius.”

Ainsley Maitland-Niles



Ainsley Maitland-Niles held showdown talks over his future with Mikel Arteta in the summer




The Arsenal midfielder took to Instagram in the summer to vent his frustration at a lack of first-team football at the Emirates.

“All I want to do is go where I’m wanted & where I’m going to play @Arsenal,” he wrote.

The 24-year-old had been linked with a possible move to Everton, but the Gunners blocked the move.

Maitland-Niles was reportedly banned from training, before the versatile star held showdown talks with Mikel Arteta, where he was told he was very much part of the team’s plans this season.

The England international ended up staying at Arsenal, and has since gone on to make five Premier League appearances for the Gunners this season.


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