Julian Savea confirms he will be at Toulon next season

New Zealand rugby star Julian Savea will continue his contract with Toulon after a tumultuous first season in France.

Savea will line out for the final match of the season this weekend when Toulon play away to Castres.

It will bring the curtain down on a rocky 2018-19 campaign that saw the former All Black star's contract in jeopardy with wealthy Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal strongly criticising his Kiwi import and appearing ready to sack him after a struggling start in France.

"Last game of the season this weekend and I hope that next season you will see us in the final," Savea tweeted.

When asked by a fan whether he would be there for next season, Savea replied:  "Yes, I will stay in Toulon. Leaving was never an option for me."

Savea, 28, missed last weekend's final home game, a 32-14 win against Clermont, with flu, withdrawing late from the starting lineup.

Savea hasn't been able to reproduce the try-scoring form that saw him dot down 46 times in 54 tests for the All Blacks. But he has put his head down and trained hard in the wake of Boudjellal's outrageous attack on him back in February.

Initially dropped after incurring the wrath of Boudjellal, Savea has fought his way back into Toulon starting team and shown improved form.

Even Boudjellal, as he endures the pain fo his team missing out on the playoffs, has admitted he may been "too harsh" on Savea.

Savea is on a two-year deal at Toulon, reportedly worth $1.65m a season.