Paris Saint-Germain have been urged to bench Kylian Mbappe "all year" if he refuses to sign a new deal with the club.
Mbappe is out of contract next season and has, until now, refused to put pen to paper on a new deal, and former France international Eric Di Meco has urged the Ligue 1 giants not to bow down to "player pressure".
The Frenchman has been linked with a switch to Real Madrid, with club president Florentino Perez refusing to rule out the chance to sign the World Cup winner.
Di Meco has suggested that Mauricio Pochettino's side must play hardball with Mbappe if he refuses to commit his future to the club. He told RMC Sport: "The problem in this story is that by letting him go into the last year of his contract, he is the one who holds the cards.
"What you can do when you are PSG and you are powerful is say: 'You don't want to continue [with us]? Well, you can stay on the bench all year.' Paris has the means to do it. And by doing that, you show the guys who arrive that they cannot run the show."
Last month, former PSG and France player Jerome Rothen claimed that Mbappe's ego had become "problematic" for the national side, and can no longer be managed by the manager Didier Deschamps. He told RMC Sport: "That he is the leader on the pitch, no problem... that it [his ego] goes off the field too, that bothers me. I think Didier Deschamps can no longer manage it and it is problematic. It is even surprising that he lets Kylian Mbappe do so many things.
"It can be seen in his performances on the pitch. Today, we cannot say that Kylian Mbappe has had a successful Euros. Is he in the right frame of mind like he was at PSG throughout the end of the season? I would say no. We expect much better from Kylian Mbappe. Everyone thinks that Mbappe is one of the best players in Europe. But if you immediately put him in the category of the very best, you cannot be satisfied."