Chris Ashton left Sale after “a disagreement on how we want to play the game”, the club’s director of rugby Steve Diamond has said.

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Sharks announced on Monday that the winger was departing with immediate effect after the club reached a mutual agreement with the 32-year-old regarding the termination of his contract.

Diamond said on Tuesday: “There is no situation, just a disagreement on how we want to play the game. “He wants to do it one way, I want to do it another and that’s it, so end of story.”

Asked how it would affect morale and the team, Diamond said: “It won’t, I don’t think. We’ve got Marland Yarde, Byron McGuigan, Denny Solomona, Arron Reed, Tom Roebuck… Plenty of players.”

He added: “We’ve got a squad good enough to cope with one or two people coming and going.”

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Ashton, who was not part of the squad for last Friday’s win against Gloucester, had scored four tries in seven Gallagher Premiership appearances this season.

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He joined Sharks in July 2018 having completed only one season at French side Toulon.

The former Northampton and Saracens player won the last of his 44 England caps against France a year ago but has only been picked five times by boss Eddie Jones.

– Press Association 

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