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Centre Manu Tuilagi agrees new Leicester Tigers deal - reports

England centre Manu Tuilagi is understood to have signed a new contract with Aviva Premiership club Leicester.

BBC Radio Leicester reported on Friday that the 24-year-old has agreed fresh terms with the Tigers.

There has so far been no comment from Leicester, and nothing is expected from them on Friday in terms of confirmation or otherwise.

Tuilagi, who has not played for 13 months due to a serious groin injury, has been linked with big-money moves to a number of clubs, including Saracens and Toulouse.

His existing Tigers deal expires next summer, and Leicester rugby director Richard Cockerill was recently reported as saying that any new contract would put Tuilagi "up there with the highest-paid players in the world."

Tuilagi was ditched from England's World Cup plans earlier this year by then head coach Stuart Lancaster after being convicted of assaulting police officers.

Tuilagi pleaded guilty to three charges of assault and one of criminal damage at Leicester Magistrates' Court in May, although he would not have been fit for the World Cup anyway, due to his injury problem.

Tuilagi, one of the most destructive midfield runners in European rugby, has won 25 caps. He made his debut against Wales four years ago.

England have missed his game-breaking presence, and there is little doubt that a fully-fit Tuilagi would feature prominently on the selection radar of new England head coach Eddie Jones.

Australian Jones was appointed as Lancaster's successor last month, with England's first game under his direction being the RBS 6 Nations opener against Scotland at Murrayfield on February 6.

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