Munster Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus admits they're resigned to losing Donnacha Ryan.
The 33-year-old has reportedly agreed a deal with French Top 14 side Racing 92.
Erasmus says they could not do any more to keep the veteran as he was not offered a new central contract by the IRFU.
“I’m definitely not annoyed, no,” Erasmus said when asked about the IRFU's decision not to offer Ryan a new deal.
“I fully understand that you only have so much money if you’re the IRFU and you have to fit players into that budget.
"If Joe Schmidt and David Nucifora decide those are the best players, they are the guys that stand over the results for the national team when they’re playing.
“If they believe other players are better than that then we must respect them signing those players, because at the end of the day, they have to carry the results. You can’t beg for a national contract.”
“I’m disappointed for us but I think we have to be happy for Donnacha if that’s what he wants to do.”
“He’s served Munster well and I guess at his age he’s got one big contract left in him. We made the best offer we could, which was for two years.
“He didn’t get a national contract again so it was tough for us to afford him and when the likes of Racing 92 and those guys make you offers it’s really big money which we can’t compete with.
“So it’s really sad on one hand and we’re really going to miss him but we’re happy for him.”