Schmidt confident Sexton will stay

by Michelle Fortune , 21 January 2013

Leinster boss Joe Schmidt is confident Jonathan Sexton will remain with the province beyond the end of the season but he wants his future resolved sooner rather than later.

Sexton's contract with the IRFU expires at the end of the season and recent reports have seen him linked with a big-money move to Racing Metro.

It was reported that Sexton travelled to Paris to hold talks with Racing Metro boss Gonzalo Quesada but, while he did meet with officials of the Top 14 club, Quesada insists he was not part of the talks.

Schmidt is aware of the interest in Sexton but he is hopeful that he will commit to the three-time Heineken Cup champions.

"It would be great for Jonny if it got sorted out in the next week. I just don't think he needs it heading into the Six Nations. I really hope that one way or the other - one way, to be honest - it is sorted. Hopefully it'll play out in the next week or so," Schmidt stated.

"It's an IRFU issue and I've got to say they're doing their darnedest to wind it up. We'd love to hold on to him and Ireland would love him to stay in the country as well but I also know Jonny's in demand. There will always be big offers for quality players like him. He works very hard, he's skilful and he runs a good game… he's a super player and a super kid." 

Quesada was questioned about his links to Sexton over the weekend, but he insists he did not meet with the Ireland star.

"I read the papers but it happened behind my back. I wasn't there. I heard he was visiting France but I don't know why," Quesada is quoted as saying in the Irish Sun.

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