Delphine Verheyden, Kylian Mbappé’s lawyer, gave an update on the image rights file in the France team during her appearance on the Pause podcast. The representative of the PSG striker does not intend to give in to the French Football Federation.
This is one of the big issues of the summer in the France team. In the wake of Kylian Mbappé, the Blues want to be able to better control the use of their image by the partners of the federation. A meeting took place on this subject last Wednesday between President Noël Le Graët and five executives of the 2018 world champions. At the same time, Delphine Verheyden, Mbappé’s lawyer, is also discussing with the leaders of the FFF. With the firm intention of moving the lines.
“We must not let go”
“I am very much in favor of the exchange with the federations, she recently confided in the Pause podcast, as relayed by Le Parisien. This exchange, I had it recently with the FFF, and it is still in progress. But I have already had it in the past with the Judo Federation for Teddy Riner and the Ski Federation for Martin Fourcade with always on the same principle which is to defend the individual in his image rights We all have a right to our image, even if it does not have the same value for everyone. My job is not to dispossess athletes of this image. We are in the process of switching to web 3.0 , and I believe that the individual image and the individual property are going to be cardinal virtues. We must not let go of anything now otherwise it will be catastrophic for the people endowed with an image, they will be dispossessed of it.”
The discussions began last March, when Mbappé refused to participate in a commercial operation with partners of the federation. An agreement must now be finalized before the gathering of the France team in September in order to review the agreement signed in 2010. The new rules could be effective after the 2022 World Cup in Qatar (from November 21 to December 18).
“I’m not going to meddle with sports”
In the meantime, Delphine Verheyden followed Kylian Mbappé’s contract extension at PSG from the front row until 2025. Without intervening directly. “I don’t deal with the sports sector, because I don’t know anything about it, and I don’t do anything to know myself, assures the one who manages the interests of many other sportsmen, like Kevin Mayer or Renaud Lavillenie. My domain expertise, that’s not the one, so I don’t work on transfers to know when a client should change teams, and where he should go. On the other hand, there is a whole contractual aspect to manage , because it is an employment contract with provisions relating to the image, and there I am in my core business. The athletes I deal with do not have an agent because they themselves have this knowledge or in their immediate circle. Lawyers can be agents, but in the strict sense, we don’t do the same job. An agent is going to be the one who is able to find a club, detect a sporting talent and support it. I I’m unable to do that. Besides, clients choose me for that, because I’m not going to get involved in sports”.