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Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has been stripped of the Saints captaincy after he refused to sign a new deal.

Head coach Ralph Hasenhuttl has confirmed that forward James Ward-Prowse will wear the armband for the remainder of the season.

Hasenhuttl, who signed a new four-year contract earlier this month, said he spoke with Hojbjerg and had an agreement with him.

The Saints resume their Premier League campaign on Friday when they face Norwich City.

‘’No. he will not be captain,’’ said the Austrian boss.

‘’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.’’

Hojbjerg joined Southampton in 2016 from Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.

The Denmark international has been linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspurs.

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