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Habana too expensive for world's richest club

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Article Published: Wednesday 15 June 2011|

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Springbok winger Bryan Habana has been brought back down to earth with a bump after his request for a R21-million contract was turned down by Toulon.

Toulon are widely regarded as the world's richest Rugby club and are famous for their big money signings but the R21-million (USD 3.1 million) being asked by Habana is turned down as they say it was "too expensive".

Toulon have signed the likes of Sonny Bill Williams, Victor Matfield, Jonny Wilkinson, Gavin Henson and recently Bakkies Botha but have withdrawn from negotiations for Habana as his demands are excessive.

Two years ago Toulon came close to signing the winger but his father became involved in the negotiations which went off track and Western Province jumped in with a R3-million offer for his services.

Habana's contract comes to an end after the World Cup and sources say that he wanted the same money that Botha was offered to move after the World Cup and was turned down.

Sources close to SuperSport and Habana say that Habana, who is representing himself, was offered a contract of ZAR 5.8 million (Euro 600 k) a year but turned it down as it was not enough.

Botha has reportedly signed a three-year contract for ZAR 6.8 million (Euro 700k) which makes him about the highest paid South African Rugby player.

French rugby website RugbyRama says that Toulon's owner Mourad Boudjellal told Habana that he was too expensive and declined to negotiate further.

Habana has not enjoyed good form since he left the Bulls and has struggled to regain the form he enjoyed in 2007. He has only scored two tries for the Stormers all season - 15 matches.  

In comparison centre Jaque Fourie has scored six tries and Schalk Burger has scored three tries.

 
 
 
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