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Toulon admit Wilkinson pursuit

07/03/2009 09:03:23 AM Comments (0)

The president of French rugby union side Toulon, Mourad Boudjellal, says a move to bring Jonny Wilkinson to the south of France was unlikely due to the former England star's European aspirations.

Boudjellal confirmed on Friday that contact had been made with the father of Wilkinson, but denied the club which already has Sonny Bill Williams and Tana Umaga on its books was favourite for his signature.

"We are in contact, just like Bayonne and Perpignan," Boudjellal said.

"But contrary to what has been said, we are not the favourites, because Jonny Wilkinson has European aspirations that we cannot offer him."

Currently sitting 10th in the Top 14 table, Toulon cannot secure a place in next season's European Cup.

Boudjellal was also quick to quash rumours linking French international star Sebastien Chabal with a move to the club.

"For me, the case is closed," he said. "I'm not in contact with him anymore and he'll play for Racing Metro next season."

However, the second row forward, who currently plays for English side Sale, said this week that he would not reveal the identity of his next club until the end of the Six Nations championship.

Boudjellal also revealed that two or three other players had already agreed deals with Toulon, but that their names would not be revealed until the club had guaranteed its top-flight status.

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