But Hasenhuttl said this morning: "He has four more years on his contract. James is happy with us.
"He is our captain and will remain at the club. The fans love him and we understand how important he is to the team. The improvement of his game is an indicator that he is a real winner. I think he is a special player. I have never seen such players."
Ward-Prowse has a deal at St Mary's to 2026.
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