Manchester United defender Harry Maguire has been stripped of his club captaincy.
Maguire was named captain by Ten Hag’s predecessor, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, in January 2020, five months after joining from Leicester City for £80 million.
The England center-back says he is “extremely disappointed” but will “continue to give my all” in the jersey.
The 30-year-old made eight Premier League starts last season and has been linked with a move to West Ham.
Ten Hag will name a new captain “in due course, after he has informed the players,” according to United. The new captain is unlikely to be named until United arrives in New York for their preseason trip on Thursday morning.
“Everyone at Manchester United thanks Harry for his contribution as captain over the past three and a half years,” the club said in a statement.
During the 2022-23 season, Maguire appeared in 31 of the club’s 62 matches across all competitions, with Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes taking his place.
His contract at Old Trafford is set to expire in 2025.
“After discussions with the manager today, he has informed me that he is changing captain,” Maguire wrote on Twitter.
“He explained his reasoning to me, and while I’m personally disappointed, I will continue to give it my all every time I put on the shirt.”
“I’d like to thank the Manchester United fans for their incredible support while I’ve been wearing the armband.”
“It’s been a huge privilege to lead Manchester United since the day I took over three and a half years ago, and one of the proudest moments of my career to date.”
“I’ve done everything I could to help United succeed, both on and off the field.” I shall be eternally thankful to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for first entrusting me with the task, and I wish whoever takes it on the best of luck.”