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Wantaway Premier League star linked with Leicester City stripped of captaincy.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has been stripped of the Southampton captaincy after revealing that he wants to leave the Premier League club.

The Danish midfielder has been linked with Leicester City, as well as Tottenham Hotspur and Everton.

Last month, Hojbjerg outlined his future ambitions in an interview with German media outlet SPORT1.

"I know what I want, the club knows it too," said the 24-year-old. "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." Ahead of this week's season restart, Hojbjerg has been removed as skipper and replaced by James Ward-Prowse, Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has confirmed. Hojbjerg has one year left to run on his current contract and the Saints are reported to be asking £35million for the player.

Earlier this month, Southampton's chief executive Martin Semmens told the BBC: "If there’s a club out there that can win the Champions League and they think Pierre can improve their team, if they can pay for him, then we have to let him go." Southampton are due to resume their campaign away to Norwich City on Friday evening.


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