Nanterre - British and Irish Lions and Wales scrum-half Mike Phillips has signed for Racing-Metro, the French Top 14 club said on Monday.
Earlier in the day, club president Jacky Lorenzetti had announced the 31-year-old was close to penning a deal.
the club then issued a statement, saying: "Racing Metro 92 is happy to
announce the signature today (Monday) of Welsh international Mike
"For several months, Racing has been negotiating with
Phillips and his agents with the aim of recruiting him for the 2014-15
"The recent events in Bayonne have only precipitated his signature."
was dismissed by another top-flight French side, Bayonne, in late
October for allegedly being drunk when he turned up for a video analysis
He denies the charges and has launched legal proceedings against the Basque side.
He has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal and officially joins the club on Tuesday.
will be available for selection for this Saturday's Heineken (European)
Cup fixture against Harlequins in Nantes," said Racing.
who played for Wales in their just-concluded November Test matches
against southern hemisphere sides, has played 80 times for his country
and also made five appearances for the combined Lions side, including
two on their successful tour to Australia in June and July.
will face tough opposition for a place in the starting line-up with
France international Maxime Machenaud currently in the No.9 shirt,
backed by Laurent Magnaval, Sebastien Descons and South African Ruan
Racing also announced on Monday the beginning of
construction on a new 32,000-seater stadium to be built in the Parisian
suburb of Nanterre.