Kylian Mbappe took to social media on Thursday to express frustrations with Paris Saint-Germain’s use of his image in a promotional campaign.
PSG released on Wednesday a promotional video — which has since been deleted from both its YouTube channel and website — for season tickets and renewals, and it included an interview that Mbappe had with the club. The video also featured Nuno Mendes and a few PSG prospects.
Mbappe later issued a statement noting that he is not in “agreement with the published video,” and that “PSG is a great club and a great family, but it is certainly not Kylian Saint-Germain.”
According to L’Equipe’s Loic Tanzi, PSG does not “understand” why Mbappe went public on this matter, as it would have preferred to see the forward instead “call the management.”
Tanzi adds that PSG is “unhappy” because the club has had discussions with Mbappe about the image rights dilemma and it “would have liked” to have continued them in private.
The image rights issue was reportedly a matter that was discussed between Mbappe and PSG before the French international agreed to stay put at the club last year via a new multiyear extension deal. One of the offers that PSG sent to him reportedly included a clause that would have allowed the forward to own 100 percent of his image rights.
Mbappe is expected to next feature for PSG on Saturday when the current Ligue 1 leaders square off with OGC Nice.