Michael Laudrup insists Garry Monk will continue as Swansea skipper despite being free to leave the club in search of first-team football.
Monk, who has been heavily linked with Bristol City, has been told by the new Swans boss that he is not in his first-choice line-up at the Liberty Stadium.
But Laudrup has no intention of stripping the centre-back of the captaincy even though Ashley Williams will once again lead the team out against Aston Villa on Saturday.
"For me, while he is here, Garry will be the captain," Laudrup told the South Wales Evening Post.
"He is captain of the club and when he plays he will be captain of the team.
"But when he does not play, it's Ashley and so on."
With Chico Flores suspended and Kyle Bartley injured, Monk may have featured at Villa Park but the 33-year-old is struggling with an ongoing back problem.
"Garry has been out for a few weeks with his back and first we hope he will recover," Laudrup added.
"What he will do after that is up to him - whether he will stay or whether he wants to go and play."
Bristol City could take the former Southampton trainee on an emergency loan deal but Ashton Gate boss Derek McInnes claims no deal is imminent.
"I am still interested in bringing another defender in, but I must stress we are not close on anybody at the moment," McInnes said.