Nicolas Anelka has reignited his old feud with former France coach Raymond Domenech, while simultaneously praising Kylian Mbappe.
Anelka and Domenech clashed during their respective times with France, with their relationship reaching an all-time low when the striker insulted the head coach at half-time in a World Cup game.
Domenech had led France to a 2-0 deficit against Mexico at the 2010 World Cup, and Anelka reacted angrily to questions over his positioning and performance in the first half.
The aftermath saw a number of France players boycott, while Anelka sent home from the tournament and banned for 18 games, effectively ending his international career. Domenech’s spell as manager was ended after Les Bleus finished the campaign bottom of their group and without a win.
While praising Monaco forward Mbappe and stating that the teenager has his future in his own hands, Anelka reignited his feud with Domenech.
“I remember Ronaldo at the Olympics in 1996, and Mbappe is of this level – a world-class player. It is up to him to manage this well: he has the choice between being Ronaldo or Anelka,” he told L’Equipe.
“Mbappe will make his career. If, however, it resembles mine, it will mean that it is among the best attackers, with a strong character.
“If he follows Ronaldo, Il Fenomeno, my model in football, he will be among the legends and will have marked the history of his sport. That is what I wish him.
“He can also follow Raymond Domenech’s career, that of a small player of the French championship who has become a fifteen-year-old coach of, including the France team, without winning any trophies and then unemployed since 2010.
“It is for Mbappe to choose.”