Tuilagi to stay with Leicester
Leicester Tigers centre Manu Tuilagi has signed a new contract with the club, ending speculation about a move to France.
The 27-year-old was out of contract at the end of the season and had been linked with a move to Racing 92, with the possible switch thought to be very lucrative in comparison to his Tigers deal.
However, the change of clubs would have scuppered his international career as the Rugby Football Union employ a policy of only selecting players who play their domestic rugby in England.
He has been a star of England’s Six Nations campaign so far, scoring two tries in their 57-14 rout of Italy at the weekend.
The powerful back has spent his entire career at Leicester since debuting in 2010 and says his affinity to the club convinced him to stay.
"This is a massive club and it means a lot to me and my family,” he told the club’s official website. "I love the club and I want to repay the loyalty they have shown me in my time here."
"I'm very passionate about playing my part in bringing back the success we all expect at such a massive club.
"This was a big decision for me to make but I am very happy to be able to stay here, I have a lot of friends here."
The length of his new deal has not been disclosed.
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