Southampton midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has been stripped of the captaincy, head coach Ralph Hasenhuttl has announced.

The 24-year-old had spoken of his desire to join a Champions League club next season during the enforced break, and with just over 12 months left on his contract Saints look set to offload the Denmark international at the end of the campaign.

Speaking at a press conference, Hasenhuttl said: "No, he will not be captain. I spoke with him and we had an agreement, and made clear that if you decide not to extend your contract, you will not be captain of this team.

"I've spoken to him in the last few days and he knows that he is an important player for this club. I think we have found a good agreement."

Hasenhuttl confirmed academy graduate James Ward-Prowse would take the armband for the remainder of the 2019-20 season.

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