The England fly-half George Ford may be leaving Bath at the end of this season after Todd Blackadder, the director of rugby, said that he would approve of a move.

There has been a lot of speculation regarding Ford’s future since the end of last season when his father Mike was sacked as Bath’s head coach.

However, there are clubs interested in Ford including Leicester, where he started his career, and Sale. Ford’s contract runs until 2018 but it reportedly contains a break clause which would see Bath compensated were he to leave.

Speaking this week Blackadder said that if Ford decides to leave at the end of the year it would be a decision that he would “respect”. He said that the issue is “something for him and people who look after George and those decisions. I have not tried to get too deep with him, I just want him to really enjoy his rugby in the time we have left for him.”

According to Blackadder Ford is “really enjoying” rugby and said that he leads the team really well. However, he conceded that there will be a lot of speculation around his future and that ultimately the team will be guided by what Ford wants to do and that they’ll “just take it as it comes”.

Blackadder was philosophical about losing Ford saying, “It is one of those things with a player of his calibre and quality that there is always going to be a lot of speculation. It is just par for the course. For us at Bath it is really simple: we just want to enjoy what we are doing and focus on the rugby. Even for George it is probably a distraction. We don’t want it to be.”