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Southampton strip Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg of the CAPTAINCY… with James Ward-Prowse changing him

Southampton strip Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg of the CAPTAINCY after he expresses his desire to leave the club… with James Ward-Prowse taking the armband for the rest of the season

Southampton have stripped midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg of the club captaincy after he made it known that he wants to leave the club, with James Ward-Prowse replacing him for the remainder of the season. 

Last month, Danish international Hojbjerg confirmed that he wanted to play at an ‘even higher level than I am currently.’

As a result, manager Ralph Hasenhuttl confirmed in a press conference on Wednesday that Ward-Prowse will take the armband, starting with their game at Norwich on Friday night.

Southampton have stripped midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg of the club captaincy

Southampton have stripped midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg of the club captaincy

‘No, he [Hojbjerg] will not be captain,’ Hasenhuttl said.

‘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.’

The 24-year-old will enter the final year of his contract on July 1 and last month told German media outlet SPORT1 his desire to move on this summer.

‘I know what I want, the club knows it too,’ Hojbjerg said. ‘I want to play at an even higher level than I am currently. The relationship between me and Southampton is fantastic.

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‘The club gave me the platform to grow. I’m not saying ‘Goodbye’ and I’m focused on my club, but my goal is very clear: I want to win the Premier League and the Champions League.

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