Maro Itoje: Saracens star '95% sure' of club future after reports of French move

Maro Itoje
Itoje has also been linked with Premiership side Leicester

Maro Itoje says he is "95% sure" of where he will be playing his club rugby next season after being linked with a move away from demoted Saracens.

The 25-year-old second row was rumoured to be considering loans with Leicester external-linkand French side Racing 92.

Other reports say he will stay at Saracens for a sabbatical yearexternal-link before the 2021 British and Irish Lions tour.

"It's still to be confirmed but I'm 95% sure where I will be," said Itoje on the Political Thinking podcast.

Saracens were relegated to the second-tier Championship for the 2020-21 season in January as punishment for repeated salary cap breaches.

England internationals Jamie George and Elliot Daly have indicated they will stay with Saracens despite dropping a division, but the future of their star-studded squad remains unclear as the suspension of the season has placed club finances under more pressure.

Centre Alex Lozowski has agreed a one-year loan with French side Montpellier, while lock Nick Isiekwe will join Northampton for next season before returning to Saracens.

However second row George Kruis and scrum-half Ben Spencer have left on permanent deals to Japanese side Panasonic Wild Knights and Bath respectively.

The Rugby Football Union indicated in January that Saracens players who move abroad, a decision that would usually rule them out of international selection unless in "exceptional circumstances", would be considered for England.

However rival Premiership clubs are reportedly opposedexternal-link to such an interpretation of the rules.