Toulon’s outspoken owner Mourad Boudjellal remains hopeful of persuading Chris Ashton to stay at the club despite the England wing’s request to leave.
Ashton produced a stunning first season in the Top 14, setting a new try-scoring record of 24 in 23 games that has prompted him to re-evaluate his international career.
“[Ashton] asked to leave the club, then he asked to return,” Boudjellal said during a Facebook Live chat.
“We hope that Chris Ashton will stay in Toulon. We are currently in discussion with him. We are in the midst of personal problems. There is no ultimatum about it.
“There are different issues – there is the family problem and there is the issue of selection. We want him to stay. The ball is in his court now.”