Kylian Mbappe says he ‘doesn’t mind’ being criticised for boycotting the French national team’s photoshoot.
The Paris Saint-Germain star got himself on the scoresheet in the second half of France’s Nations League game against Austria on Thursday evening.
Former Arsenal man Olivier Giroud then doubled Les Blues’ lead, leading Didier Deschamps’ side to a victory that sees them sit third in Group 1 behind table toppers Croatia and Denmark.
However, questions posed to goalscorer Mbappe after his side’s 2-0 win weren’t focused solely on what happened on the pitch that night.
Earlier this week, the PSG forward refused to take part in his national side’s photoshoot due to a long-running dispute over image rights, amid moral concerns over France Football Federations’s commercial sponsors.
And Mbappe’s decision to boycott led to him being labelled as ‘self-entitled’ by former Liverpool and Tottenham midfielder Danny Murphy, who said the superstar should put his teammates first.
The Frenchman has now responded to the criticism he’s faced this week, as well as giving his reaction to FFF confirming they’d look to adapt the image rights agreement.
“Yes [I am happy with the statement] – it was not me who found agreements, the whole team wanted that,” he said.
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“Afterwards, I don’t mind being on the front of the stage if it’s beneficial for my teammates.
“Getting criticised won’t change the way I play and live. If it can help the band, I don’t mind. I think the whole group is happy.”
Following Mbappe’s decision to back out of the photoshoot, the France Football Federation released a statement confirming they’d reassess their current deals.
It read: “Following conclusive discussions with the French team’s executives, the president, the coach and a marketing manager, the FFF has undertaken to revise, as soon as possible, the agreement on image rights that binds it to its national team players.”
They continued: “The FFF is looking forward to working on the outlines of a new agreement that will enable it to protect its interests while taking into consideration the legitimate concerns and convictions unanimously expressed by the players.”
Meanwhile, France are set to play one more match before the World Cup this winter, facing Denmark in their final Nations League game on Sunday.
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