Top 14 transfers: Berdeu (LOU), Ntamack (Toulouse) and Jalibert (UBB) have decided to stay with their club

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Top 14 transfers: Berdeu (LOU), Ntamack (Toulouse) and Jalibert (UBB) have decided to stay with their club

Ntamack: the evidence at the Stadium

Leave ? To go where ? Did the opening half n ° 1 of the Blues (23 years old, 28 selections) only ask himself the question? No, he assured in March, a few weeks before the official announcement of his extension until 2028 when his previous contract ended in June 2023. “Toulouse is my club. I have not discussed with other clubs. It was more than obvious to stay at Stade Toulousain”declared Romain Ntamack to The Team at the end of the Grand Slam last March.

Even if he has already won everything with Stade Toulousain, two Brennus (2019 and 2021) and a European Cup (2021), the international opener has not “never imagined elsewhere. I am too attached to this club”. Despite a last season without titles, his choice to stay in Toulouse offers him welcome stability a few months from the 2023 World Cup in France and the opportunity to refine his settings with many other Blues.

Jalibert: the choice of stability

For a time, at the start of last season, the rumor sent him elsewhere, to Racing 92 in particular. Finally, like Romain Ntamack, the international fly-half decided to remain faithful to Union Bordeaux-Bègles (23 years old, 17 selections), his training club. He re-engaged for two seasons, until 2025. The choice of stability to approach the last season before the World Cup as calmly as possible.

Since this decision, taken last fall, water has flowed under the Pont de Pierre and the end of the season under tension at UBB has heightened some friction between Christophe Urios and his star opener, taken aback by the manager in the press. Jalibert said he has since explained it to his coach, but he will also have to digest the departure of his friend Cameron Woki to Racing 92.

Berdeu: expand your range

Revelation of last season, which he ended with the honorary status of best director in the Top 14 just ahead of ex-Palois Antoine Hastoy (251 points against 250), Léo Berdeu (24) also made the choice to stay in his club. The LOU, where he paradoxically took advantage of competition from All Black Lima Sopoaga to question himself and gain confidence and playing time, offered him a two-year extension, until 2024.

After the departure of Pierre Mignoni in Toulon, Berdeu will evolve under the orders of Xavier Garbajosa, a good opportunity to further expand his panoply of excellent attacking. Called up in the group of 41 players during the last tournament, he has not yet had the honor of wearing the blue jersey. But he is part of the young generation of French openers closely followed by Fabien Galthié and his staff.

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