Varane defends an “update to avoid bugs” on image rights

The subject of image rights had animated the start of the rally on Monday, with Kylian Mbappé’s initial refusal to participate in a marketing operation, as he had done in March. The star striker finally took part in the photo session on Tuesday after the French Football Federation pledged to revise the agreement “as soon as possible”. The latter has indeed realized that many tricolor executives were on the same line as Kylian Mbappé, including Raphaël Varane.

“As I told you in March, there were discussions to be had. As a group, collectively, we want to enforce the individual image rights of each player. It is a request that is simple, logical and legitimate,” commented the Manchester United defender on the eve of the match against Austria in the League of Nations. “We just want an update to avoid bugs in the future on this subject”.

“There were discussions to be had”

Varane himself has faced this problem in recent years, when he was approached by Volkswagen, partner of the Blues, while he himself is an ambassador for the Jaguar brand. At the time, an amicable solution had been found and the player refused, as confirmed to AFP by his ex-image agent Frank Hocquemiller.

“The discussions, as you know, have progressed well and I hope that this will be settled as soon as possible because we don’t want to waste energy on this. I think it’s the kind of thing, compared to the discussions we had, which is progressing well, ”positive the former Real Madrid player.

Questioned in turn, coach Didier Deschamps said that the question of image rights had “always been” a subject in the France team.

“There are exchanges, discussions to reach common agreements, where the interests of each other are taken into account. From my position, I am there to ensure that everyone can find common ground, the players, the institution as well as on the side of the partners who have always supported us, ”summarized the boss of the Blues.

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