Gloucester rule out Cipriani exit
Gloucester say Danny Cipriani will not be leaving the club at the end of the season and are hopeful he will sign a new deal.
Cipriani, 31, will enter the final year of his deal at the end of the current campaign and there has been reported interest from clubs in the French Top 14 and rival Premiership teams.
Gloucester CEO Stephen Vaughan has now stressed the fly-half will not be leaving at the end of the season and he is hopeful Cipriani will instead agree to a new deal at Kingsholm Stadium.
"Danny's got another season after this season on his contract anyway and as per a number of players who come out of contract next season who we clearly rate very highly, we're having conversations with him about his future," Vaughan told Gloucestershire Live.
"But I could say the same about a number of players genuinely, we've got a number of very well known players who are coming out of contract next season and equally we've had conversations with them.
"There will be interest in extremely talented players."
He added: "We're treating Danny the same way as we’re treating a number of players we're trying to retain and equally we want to retain those players as well.
"They all have agents, they all have their own thoughts on life and weigh different things up. But we’d be hopeful that Danny will stay with us over and above next year."
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