It is now official.
Racing 92 announced in a press release on Tuesday the departure of its opening half, the Scottish Finn Russell, at the end of his contract at the end of the season.
"Discussions based on a mutual desire for an extension were therefore initiated, but no financial agreement could be found," explains the Hauts-de-Seine club.
The 30-year-old player, who arrived in the Top 14 in 2018, will leave France to join the English formation of Bath.
According to The Telegraph, the international opener will receive an annual salary of more than one million euros in a club where he will have the status of "marquee player", which means that his emoluments will not be counted for the limit of payroll.
Who will replace him ?
It's a new start for Finn Russell, who has just become a dad, but also for Racing 92 where he had established himself as an indisputable holder at the hinge with scrum half Nolann Le Garrec.
The Ciel et Blancs, who return to the Top 14 on Saturday for the derby against Stade Français after two defeats in the European Cup against Leinster and Harlequins, will now be looking for a new specialist for the position.
Racing 92, which already has Antoine Gibert and has signed Perpignan Tristan Tedder for next season, is dreaming of a flashy name as English technician Stuart Lancaster is to succeed Laurent Travers on the bench at the end of the exercise. .
The tricolor international Matthieu Jalibert has desires elsewhere, but his contract which binds him to Bordeaux-Bègles until 2025 is a significant obstacle.
The Hauts-de-Seine club has also never hidden its interest in All Blacks opening half Beauden Barrett.
“Barrett, he wants to continue to be able to play with the All Blacks after the World Cup.
It is not possible, ”replied to the Parisian the president of Racing 92, Jacky Lorenzetti, in October.
Before explaining in November to RMC that the file was in “full gestation”.