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RaboDirect Pro12: Sam Warburton relaxed about staying with Cardiff Blues

Last Updated: 07/10/13 4:26pm

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British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton insists he wants to stay at Cardiff Blues despite rumours linking him with a move to France.

The flanker has been the subject of speculation in recent weeks with big-spending French Top 14 sides Toulon, Clermont Auvergne and Racing Metro all apparently interested in the player.

However, Warburton remains adamant that Cardiff - where he helped the region to a 29-12 victory over Edinburgh on Sunday - would be his home of choice, rather than joining the Welsh exodus to the Top 14.

The Blues continue to seek monetary aid from the Welsh Rugby Union in order to secure the services of Warburton and fellow Lion Leigh Halfpenny, but the flanker is confident he will remain at his current employers.

"Staying is my preferred choice," the Wales captain told Wales Online.

"I just hope they can sort it out between the regions and the WRU. I haven't had an offer in writing yet.

"I find it hard to think there will be a European competition next season that doesn't incorporate teams from all the countries."
Sam Warburton

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"I can understand that the region do not know what situation they will be in next year because they don't know whether they are playing in Europe or whether this money is coming from the WRU."

As disputes over the future of the Heineken Cup continue, there is an air of uncertainty surrounding Cardiff's budget for next season but Warburton fully expects an all-inclusive European tournament to take place.

"As a player, it is quite an unusual position to be in," Warburton, who turned 25 on Sunday, added. "You just have to get on with it. You have to accept that when you come into sport, it is an unstable job.

"I find it hard to think there will be a European competition next season that doesn't incorporate teams from all the countries.

"If it's only two nations, I can't see it being too prestigious. That's why I am so relaxed about it. I feel confident that there will be a European competition next year that I can play in."

The Heineken Cup does remain this term, at least, with Warburton and the Blues travelling to face Exeter Chiefs in their first Pool 2 match on Sunday afternoon.

You can see all 12 matches from round one of the Heineken Cup live on Sky Sports and online in the Heineken Cup Events Centre.

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