Charlie Austin stuns Southampton team-mates with astonishing rant at boss Ralph Hasenhuttl

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CHARLIE AUSTIN stunned Southampton team-mates with an astonishing rant at boss Ralph Hasenhuttl.

Saints stars were left shaking their heads in disbelief as the outcast striker accused him of being "disrespectful".

Charlie Austin stuns Southampton team-mates with astonishing rant at boss Ralph Hasenhuttl1 Charlie Austin left Southampton pals shocked with a rant at HasenhuttlCredit: PA:Press Association

Austin, 30, launched his dressing-room tirade after being told he would not travel with the first team during pre-season.

He has been left to train with the Under-23s as Saints chiefs try to offload him — but the ex-Burnley forward wants to stay.

And fed-up Austin made his feelings known to Austrian Hasenhuttl, with one shocked team-mate admitting: “We had never seen anything like it.”

The striker snubbed a move to West Brom, claiming he wanted to spend the last year of contract at Saints.

Premier League new-boys Aston Villa are also interested in signing him.

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Austin, who joined from Queens Park Rangers for £4million in 2016, bizarrely deactivated his Twitter account yesterday with his future up in the air.

Hot-head Austin also famously left rip at officials after Saints drew 1-1 with Watford last November.

He had a goal ruled out by ref Simon Hooper for offside when they led 1-0. And Austin ranted: “It is ridiculous — they shouldn’t be in the game.

“We scored a perfectly good goal to make it 2-0 and the game is done and dusted. We won that game — but the officials cost us two points.

“You go on about VAR this and VAR that, help the officials out. Clearly they need help!”

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Austin was left out of the pre-season training camp in Austria by boss Hasenhuttl, along with wantaway midfielder Mario Lemina.

They drew 1-1 against SCR Altach in Austria on Sunday, with new signing Che Adams scoring.

Saints now travel to Preston on Saturday before trips to Macau and Dublin.

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