Julian Savea has said that he is still contracted to Toulon and will continue to train with the Top 14 side.
The 28-year-old New Zealander was responding to some wild comments made by Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal following his side's tenth defeat of the season at weekend.
Putting all the negativity behind me and heading into this week with a positive attitude🤘🏾whether I am welcomed or not I am still contracted to my team and I will continue to train week in and week out with my brothers #endofstory #letsmoveon pic.twitter.com/y7QBqLOyVV
— Julian Savea (@juliansavea7) February 17, 2019
Savea started for Toulon as they fell 19-10 to Agen on Saturday. The 54-cap All Black joined the club from the Hurricanes last summer on a two-year deal.
Boudjellal, thoroughly disappointed with Savea's form, said he told Savea that as far as he is concerned, he has been released.
"I'm going to ask for a DNA test. It is not Savea that we recruited but 'Savéapas'," Boudjellal told RMC Sport.
"He must have been changed on the plane. If I were him, I would apologise and I would go home. When we reach this level of play, we must apologise and leave.
"I told him he was released and he was no longer welcome at Toulon! He has got a year left on his contract. He can do what he wants.
"A year can be long for the club but especially for the player. For me he is released."
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