Eddy about superstar Kylian Mbappé: The striker does not want to take part in the World Cup photo shoot with his comrades from the French national team. The appointment is set for Tuesday, but his agents told French federation FFF on Monday that the Paris Saint-Germain striker was unavailable.
The background to Mbappé’s refusal is a disagreement about how to deal with his image rights. An official statement from his entourage said: “He has decided not to take part in the planned photo shoot due to the federation’s refusal to change the image rights agreement. He and his advisors deeply regret that it was not, as intended , reached an agreement before the World Cup.”
France’s national team has been preparing for the upcoming Nations League games against Austria and Denmark since Monday. The photo session on Tuesday is about, among other things, taking pictures for 14 sponsors of the reigning world champion.
the L’Equipe writes that Mbappé is also concerned that he does not feel comfortable advertising for betting providers and fast-food companies. Sponsors include Uber Eats, KFC and Coca-Cola, among others.
The FFF reacted on Monday evening and published a message for its part. It says that after discussions between team leaders, the president, coaches and a marketing manager, the agreement on the use of image rights will be “revised”. The association is looking forward to working “on the design of a new agreement”. The legal concerns and convictions were presented “unanimously” by the players. Noisy L’Equipe Mbappé will now also take part in the photo session.
Kylian Mbappé became world champion with France in 2018
The whirlwind comes at the wrong time for national coach Didier Deschamps. He is currently struggling with a number of injury problems. Paul Pogba, who is also in the middle of an extortion scandal, threatens to miss the finals in Qatar. Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema and Bayern Munich’s Kingsley Coman are also injured. With Antoine Griezmann, another regular player at his club Atletico is currently only a part-time employee.
At the World Cup, which begins at the end of November, the Equipe tricolore will meet Australia, Denmark and Tunisia in the group stage.
Goalscorer Mbappé was part of the 2018 World Cup squad and is one of the top performers of the French. The 23-year-old has scored 27 goals in 57 international matches.