Kylian Mbappé became the focal point of a short-lived controversy on Monday after reports claimed that he would not participate in France’s commercial operations.
The issue revolved around the player’s demand for complete authority over the image rights, which resulted in the French Football Federation calling for a meeting that involved head coach Didier Deschamps, captain Hugo Lloris, vice-captain Raphaël Varane, and Mbappé.
Following the half-hour meeting, the FFF released a statement, assuring the players that they would revise their decision regarding the image rights.
Speaking to Ouest-France, Mbappé’s lawyer, Delphine Verheyden, expressed her concerns regarding the issue. She said:
“Times change, athletes too. The younger generation is no longer ready to compromise when the older one saw it as a question of zeros. My job is to ensure that we do not dispossess athletes of their image rights, which are fundamental to personality.”
However, she also denied the claims of her being a puppeteer as she continued:
“I listen to the player and help him unfold what he thinks. Some want to pass me off as the great puppeteer, but that is up to them. Me and my client, we know what is true.”
As a result of the statement from the FFF, Kylian Mbappé has agreed to take part in Tuesday’s commercial operations for France along with his international teammates.
GFFN | Jyotirmoy Halder