Manu Tuilagi rejects French fortune to repay debt of loyalty to Leicester

Manu Tuilagi turned down a life-changing pay day in France in order to repay a debt of loyalty to Leicester.

As revealed in Tuesday’s Mirror, the England centre rejected a £2.5 million deal at Racing 92 and yesterday put pen to paper on a two-year contract extension with Tigers.

"I love the club and I want to repay the loyalty they have shown me in my time here,” said Tuilagi, 27, who would have sacrificed his England place by leaving the Premiership.

"This was a big decision for me to make but I am very happy to be able to stay here.”

Leicester chairman Peter Tom said: “This is quite a statement from English rugby. We’ve persuaded Manu on the basis of how we’ve looked after him as well as on the pull of playing for England.

 

Tuilagi’s family have a 20-year association with Leicester

Two tries against Italy last weekend provided Tuilagi with a timely reminder of how much he would miss playing for England

 

“He’s turned down in the short term significantly more money by not going to France but has decided that in the longer term he’s better off with us. We’re thrilled to bits.”

Nobody more so than Tigers boss Geordan Murphy, with the 10-time English champions languishing third from bottom of the Premiership.

"Manu is a world-class player with a real X-factor about his game and anyone would want him in their team,” said the Irishman. "He is at his physical peak, he is a leader within the squad and we look forward to seeing many more big performances from him in a Tigers shirt."

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