Mile Jedinak speaks out after losing Crystal Palace captaincy

Crystal Palace's Mile Jedinak celebrates after the match

The Australia international had worn the armband since 2012/13 and admits he is hurt by Alan Pardew's decision to hand it to Scott Dann.

Crystal Palace's Mile Jedinak at the end

Mile Jedinak says he wants to stay at Crystal Palace despite being stripped of the captaincy, according to The Guardian.

The 32-year-old captained the Eagles to the Premier League in 2013 and the FA Cup Final last season but manager Alan Pardew decided to pass over the armband to centre-back Scott Dann ahead of the upcoming campaign.

While admitting that he was disappointed to lose the role he was first given in 2012 by Dougie Freedman (below), Jedinak maintained that he is not seeking a move away from the club.

Crystal Palace manager Dougie Freedman

“My commitment is to Palace,” the Australia international told Fox Sports. “I’m a Palace player. I’ve not been told otherwise by anybody and until then you remain committed.”

Pardew’s decision to replace the experienced midfielder as captain may be linked to Jedinak’s reduced role in the first-team last season.

Possessing a useful combination of vision and tenacity, James McArthur and Yohan Cabaye (below, alongside Dann) overtook Jedinak in the pecking order in 2015/16, resulting in the Australian making his fewest league starts (16) since Palace returned to the top tier.

Crystal Palace's Yohan Cabaye and Scott Dann celebrate at the end of the game

New captain Dann, however, has impressed since joining the club from Blackburn Rovers and was heavily tipped for an England call-up after finishing last season as Palace’s joint top-scorer with five goals from centre-back.

However, Jedinak admits that he was still hurt by the decision.

“I was surprised, obviously. When you do a job with full commitment, it’s never nice.”

Crystal Palace's Mile Jedinak celebrates after the match

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