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Leinster quiet over reports of Jonny Sexton's imminent return

A spokesperson told TheScore.ie they were “unable to confirm” any deal at this current point.

Jonny Sexton's Racing Metro future has been the subject of much speculation of late.
Jonny Sexton's Racing Metro future has been the subject of much speculation of late.
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LEINSTER RUGBY SAY they are unable to comment on reports that Jonny Sexton is set for a return to the province.

A story in today’s Irish Independent suggested the player was set to sign a four-year contract with Leinster in the coming weeks, however a spokesperson told TheScore.ie that the province were “unable to confirm” any deal at this current point.

Sexton left Leinster to join Racing Metro in 2013, yet despite enjoying a successful first season at the French side, there has been much speculation over the 29-year-old’s future in recent weeks. Several other teams, including Toulon, have been linked with the Irish international, while it is understood that Racing have offered him a four-year extension to his current deal.

Any potential deal is likely to be on a par with the lucrative three-year contract awarded to fellow Irish international Jamie Heaslip back in January, with the number 8 believed to be on €500,000 a year.

Should Sexton’s move to Leinster eventually transpire, it will come as good news to Ireland coach Joe Schmidt, who would ideally prefer the star to be playing for an Irish side.

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