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".
1 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.
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.