Kylian Mbappe provokes scandals not only in PSG, but also in the French national team. The striker refused to participate in the photo session of the national team on Tuesday before the Nations League match with Austria. The conflict is connected with disagreements in the issue of using the image rights of the national team players. Mbappe’s claims to the French Football Federation were reported back in March of this year. Since then, the parties have not been able to reach an agreement on this issue.
Kilian does not agree that his name is used to advertise sponsors with whom he does not have contracts. He does not like some of the brands with which the national team cooperates. For example, the team’s partners include Coca-Cola, Uber Eats and KFC. Mbappe is a categorical opponent of advertising companies that are not at all connected with a healthy lifestyle.
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The French Football Federation went on about Mbappe
The French national team shortly after Mbappe’s demarche announced that they would revise the agreement regarding the image rights of football players.
“Following a final exchange of views between the leaders of the French Football Federation, its president, head coach and marketing manager, we are committed to revising the agreement regarding the image rights of players as soon as possible. The federation looks forward to starting work on the creation of a new agreement that will ensure its interests, taking into account the legitimate concerns and beliefs unanimously expressed by the players,” the organization said in an official statement.
Kylian Mbappé at a marketing event for France
Photo: Social networks of the French team
The name of Kylian Mbappe is not mentioned in the message, but it is clear that the change in the position of the federation was due to him. The governing body decided to adapt to the whims of one person.
Mbappe is the main star of the French national team, the highest paid football player in the world with an income of $ 125 million per season ($ 105 million – salary at PSG, $ 20 million – advertising). Does he deserve special treatment? A debatable question, but the federation decided to follow his lead.
Ultimately, Kilian took part in a photo shoot for the French team. Together with the rest of the partners, he did everything that was required of him. Well, at least directly during the marketing activities there were no new excesses.
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The Federation settled the differences with Mbappe at the cost of concessions to the player. This does not mean that all the sponsors of the national team were ready to silently watch what was happening. Vice-president of the French branch of KFC and president of the French National Basketball League Alain Beral made a rather harsh statement about Kylian: “Mbappe is in the midst of a youth crisis, he is capricious. This is the problem of the Football Federation and Kylian Mbappe. Not ours. Under the terms of the signed contracts, the French national team players must participate in all promotional activities. We paid for something specific. If necessary, we will defend our rights. I am afraid that we are waiting for the end of funding federations and leagues by private companies if the players do not want to comply with the contracts,” said Beral.
The current contract of the organization with the French national team runs until 2023. Apparently, the company wants to calmly finalize the deal without getting involved in scandals. Therefore, KFC apologized for the words of Beral, attributing everything to the personal opinion of the functionary.
“This is a personal opinion and in no way reflects the position of the company. We regret the words that were spoken yesterday and appeared in the media this morning. KFC France also would like to clarify that Alain Beral was not speaking on behalf of the company, but in the context of a private conversation during an event related to his duties as President of the National Basketball League. The partnership between KFC and the French Football Federation has always been a source of pride for our company. KFC has full confidence in the federation’s ability to offer satisfactory solutions to all its partners, as well as to players, including Kylian Mbappe,” the company said in a press release.
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Mbappe managed to get the French Football Federation and even a huge corporation like KFC to adapt to his requirements. At the same time, Kilian once again proved himself to be a selfish and self-confident person. It will not lead to good.
Increasingly, there are reports in the media that PSG will sell Mbappe within a year or two. Kylian has not settled the conflict with teammate Neymar, constantly producing toxicity in the locker room of the Parisian club. Recently, the striker spoke about the fact that in the future he could move to Real Madrid, which he “perceives as his home.” Unexpectedly, taking into account the transfer to the Madrid club that was disrupted at the last moment at the initiative of the player in the off-season 2022.
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The problem is that Kilian has also fallen in the eyes of Real Madrid, who are unlikely to want to mess with him again. Spanish newspaper El Debate reports that the Madrid club will not return to the candidacy of the French striker, as it considers his refusal to transfer last summer a betrayal. Real Madrid are convinced that Mbappe and his family used the club to negotiate with Paris Saint-Germain for a record-breaking contract with a salary of €100m and a signing bonus of the same amount. The club was offended by the manner in which the player informed Florentino Pérez of his decision to stay in Paris. The football player wrote a short message to the president of Real Madrid without even calling. In addition, in Madrid, they believe that the fans simply will not accept Mbappe after his ugly refusal.
Marca claims that Mbappe agreed with PSG that he would inform the club in advance of his decision to leave, if any. So far, the striker seems to be determined to stay in Paris until at least 2025 in order to win the Champions League, as well as play at the World Cup and the Olympics as a Parisian player. But the option of leaving still does not exclude. If Mbappe becomes available for a transfer, Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea will be interested in his invitation. Real Madrid is not on this list. It is possible that over time it will not include the giants of the Premier League, as the controversial forward continues to gradually destroy his reputation.