EPL star stripped of club captaincy

English Premier League

Southampton captain Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has been stripped of his captain's armband after he expressed his desire to leave the Premier League club.

The Denmark international star joined the Saints from Bayern Munich as one of their marquee signings in a £12.8 million transfer in 2016 and earned the armband upon the arrival of head coach Ralph Hasenhuttl in December.

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But the former RB Leipzig head coach has now taken the leadership role away from the midfielder who made his Bayern debut at 17 after a fallout over his recent comments to Danish media.

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"I know what I want, the club knows it too," he told Sport1. "I want to play at an even higher level than I am currently.

"The relationship between me and Southampton is fantastic. 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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The 33-time capped Danish playmaker is considered one of most technically gifted players in the English top-flight and has been linked with a move to Jose Mourinho's Tottenham Hotspur.

However, he's now been replaced by James Ward-Prowse, who will don the armband when the Saints take on Norwich on Friday evening.

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