Injuries restricted Tuilagi to just couple of England appearances in the five years before the start of this year's championship in which he has been ever-present. A move to France, however, where he was reportedly set to earn one million pounds ($1.32 million) per year, would have ruled him out of international consideration just when he is back to his best.
"This is a massive club and it means a lot to me and my family," Tuilagi, who has scored 40 tries in 121 appearances for Leicester, said in a club statement. "I love the club and I want to repay the loyalty they have shown me in my time here. "This was a big decision for me to make but I am very happy to be able to stay here, I have a lot of friends here, my family is happy here and the club means a lot to me."
Tigers head coach Geordan Murphy said Tuilagi was at his physical peak. "Manu is a world-class player with a real X-factor about his game and anyone would want him in their team," he said. ($1 = 0.7599 pounds) (Reporting by Martyn Herman Editing by Christian Radnedge)