England and Northampton Saints lock Courtney Lawes has opened up about what interest there was from French side Beziers.
The England lock was one of a number of stars to be linked with French club their multi-million pound takeover from a UAE billionaire closes in on completion.
“My first option was always to stay at Northampton, but your career only lasts a certain time and you have to make your money while you can,” Lawes told the Guardian.
“Rugby is not like football. When my career is over, I will not be able to retire. I will have to find work and that means making sure you get what you are worth now.
“I was linked with Béziers but I did not hear much from them. They did speak to my agent but I think they were just making a bit of noise.
“It was never really an option and I am glad to be staying at Northampton. I want to remain involved with England and think I can make it to the next World Cup.”
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