Cruden to ponder future amid reported Montpellier interest

Aaron Cruden said now is not the time to discuss his future amid speculation that the New Zealand fly-half could join Montpellier when his contract expires next year.

The Chiefs number 10 is reportedly a target for the Top 14 outfit, who will start a new era under Scotland head Vern Cotter for the 2017-18 season.

Fit-again Cruden, named on the bench for the All Blacks' Bledisloe Cup clash with Australia at Eden Park on Saturday, gave little away when quizzed over a potential switch to France.

"No, I'm not aware of it," he told reporters. "Do you want to fill me in?

"I suppose you can't believe everything you read in the media. I am off contract with New Zealand next year.

"Obviously I'm working through that at the moment. I've got a few decisions to make, but the time probably isn't right now to be making those decisions. I guess coming back in after an injury lay-off, my focus is on the game this weekend. I haven't put too much thought into it."

All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen said talks with Cruden are likely to be held during the upcoming tour of Europe and hopes the playmaker will agree a new deal.

"He knows we want him to stay and that discussion will probably happen while we're away," he said.

"He's a big part of where we are and what we do. He's in our leadership group and he's definitely a good enough player to be a strong Test player so we won't want to lose him."

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