Harlequins and England wing 'shocked' by Sale departure - Chris Ashton


Chris Ashton

New Harlequins winger Chris Ashton says the manner of his departure from Sale last week came as "a shock".
Ashton's former boss at Sale, Steve Diamond, said the ex-England player left after a "difference of opinion".
The 32-year-old said he had "disagreed" with Diamond in a meeting but was "completely unaware of any problem".
"I didn't feel as though we had the relationship that I'd hoped for," Ashton told BBC Radio 5 Live's Rugby Union Weekly podcast.
"We did bang heads on a few things but it's only because I wanted the club to get better and win, it was never any other way than that."
Ashton is third in the Premiership's all-time list of top try-scorers - with 86 to his name - and joined Harlequins two days after his Sale deal was terminated by mutual consent.
"It is a shock that Steve said that and it's a shock he said it to me last Monday night, that he felt that way," he said.
"I could've gone in and said I want to change this opinion you have of me but I didn't necessarily believe it was right."

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