Speculation over the future of Wales and British and Irish Lions scrum-half Rhys Webb has been growing following rumours of interest coming from France’s Top 14.
European giants Toulon, along with the reigning Champions Cup winners Saracens, has been linked to the Wales international in recent weeks and with his dual WRU/Ospreys contract set to expire at the end of the season, rumours over his future have been rife.
Now, following Osprey’s PRO14 21 – 16 defeat at home to Munster on Saturday, Webb has lifted the lid on his plans and it should be good news for Wales and Ospreys fans.
Reported by Six Nation Rugby, Webb has indicated just where he wants to be next season.
“It’s a different club every day in the paper.
“I’m working closely with the WRU at the moment so, hopefully, we can get things sorted.”
When has directly if he wishes to stay in Wales with the Ospreys, a simple “Yes” was Webb’s response.
It is a sentiment that is shared by Ospreys head coach Steve Tandy,
“The WRU and Rhys are in talks and I’m pretty comfortable.
“Rhys has shown all the signs that he wants to stay, but with the market forces in France and England you can’t compete or get anywhere near.”
Webb’s performance for the Lions this summer has only increased his stock and confirmed his status as one of the top scrum-halves in the world and would be a huge acquisition for any side.
With international teammate Dan Biggar set to depart the Swansea based club for Aviva Premiership side Northampton, keeping Webb at the Liberty Stadium would be a huge boost for the Welsh side.
With an agreement still to be confirmed, so far it appears the 28-year-old is staying put.