If he leaves, you’ll have to be very smart
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In any case, Mbappé has the keys in hand because what makes this announcement unique is that he is free of any contract at the end of June. So it’s only his choice. There is no agreement to be found between the clubs. It is he, his family and his advisers who are in charge. Which opens the doors to different ways of presenting things. With the risks that this entails. “This is an aspect of player communication that is complicatedexplains Frank Hocquemiller, image agent and founder of VIP Consulting. It’s quite ‘touchy’ because everything can be interpreted one way or the other“.
For months, Kylian Mbappé has also been fueling speculation with a few sentences or reactions to certain questions in the mixed zone, in national dailies or on television. But this time, the former nugget of Monaco should not be missed. Especially if “Kyky” decides to go to Real Madrid. “It is something difficult on which the players must be accompaniedunderlines Frank Hocquemiller, who took care of Raphaël Varane in particular. It’s too strategic a subject to leave them alone on this type of operation. But in the case of Mbappé, it’s even more complicated because we’ve been talking about it for almost two years. What we can say today is that if he stays at PSG, he does not need to be advised as the enthusiasm will be important. If he leaves, however, you’ll have to be very smart. Things have gone on for so long…”
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The least that can be said is that these two operations were not very successful with the general public. But this style of announcement could correspond to the dimension taken by Kylian Mbappé in recent years. “It is a decision that goes beyond the sporting framework“, estimates for AFP Arnaud Simon, ex-boss of Eurosport France today consultant. “Kylian Mbappé is a ‘role model’ who wants to move the lines. His decision has an exceptional dimension. And an exceptional champion requires an exceptional setting. To me, that would justify the 8 p.m. newspaper. You need a case worthy of the pearl that it is“.
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Keep a low profile respecting those people who have supported you for so many years
Very concerned about the image he sends back and eager to take into account every detail to live up to his status as a player, will Kylian Mbappé really embark on this kind of “show”? “The fault of most gamers is that they don’t put themselves in people’s shoesreplies Frank Hocquemiller. At the time of the announcement of a departure, they are happy because the outcome is coming and that will relieve them, free them. They will be able to project themselves. They can be euphoric at times like these. But they have to put themselves in the place of the disappointed party. And there, they will then perhaps not too much. That’s why I’m against big American-style shows, ‘in front of the camera’ because there will be too many people disappointed whatever decision the player makes.“
Stay humble. Do not hurt those he neglects. The kind of things that can have an impact because Kylian Mbappé has entered a category of players apart: those who are a brand and whose image weighs in millions. So, it is better to avoid the slightest misstep. “At one point in their career, the image represents, for these players, three times their income, reminds us of the image expert. Football is a quarter or a third of what the players earn. We are talking about extraterrestrials and Mbappé is one of them. The advice that we can then give is to play transparency, cards on the table. Keep a low profile while respecting those people who have supported you for so many years. And that you are, in their eyes, betraying“.
The words will also have their impact. Even if they won’t tell everything…”It’s still sport and business too, we mustn’t forget that. He will go where he has the most interest, it’s as simple as that. He won’t necessarily tell us that. But that’s it“, concludes Frank Hocquemiller. And you might as well do it simply.
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