Chris Ashton is to leave Sale with immediate effect, the Sharks have announced. 

A statement from the club revealed the two parties had reached a mutual agreement regarding the termination of the winger's contract.

Ashton has made seven Premiership appearances for Sale this season, scoring four tries, and has 44 England caps to his name.

"Sale Sharks would like to thank Chris for his efforts whilst at the club and wish him and his family all the best for the future," the club said.