Midfielder Paul Pogba says he has been unaffected by having the Manchester United vice-captaincy stripped from him by manager Jose Mourinho – who he said he plays for with “happiness”.
The France World Cup winner, 25, fell out of favour at Old Trafford last season and had his role as deputy taken away in late September.
“If he takes the armband away, it doesn’t change anything,” said Pogba.
“I just want to play, perform and give my best. It didn’t affect me.”
The Frenchman took over the captaincy for opening two games of the current Premier League season in the absence of the injured Antonio Valencia, but in September was told by Mourinho he would not skipper the club again.