Sunday 21 January 2018

Schmidt factor key for Sexton, insists Racing coach Quesada

Conor George

Conor George

RACING METRO coach Gonzalo Quesada has claimed that he only learned about Jonathan Sexton's proposed move to the Top 14 outfit through the French media.

Sexton is a confirmed target of Racing president Jacky Lorenzetti, with an offer rumoured to be in the region of €750,000 on the table.

Quesada, though, yesterday said he had no knowledge of the proposed move and revealed that he expects Sexton to remain a Leinster player.

"I wasn't consulted about any offer or move," he said. "It happened behind my back. I read about the story in the newspapers. I don't believe it. I believe Jonny was only visiting France."

Quesada believes that the lure of working with Leinster coach Joe Schmidt will prove too much for Sexton to turn his back on.

"He is the best coach in Europe and Leinster is a big club. If I were Jonny and had the chance to continue to work with Joe, playing for Leinster and Ireland, I know which I would choose," he said.

"There's not enough money on offer that would convince me that I would do better away from Joe, and I believe that will be the case with Jonny too. I expect Jonny to be a Leinster player next season."

Sexton is believed to be mulling over an IRFU offer for a new contract that will tie him to Leinster for the next three seasons while also considering the Racing Metro offer.

Irish Independent

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