Ar­nau­tovic not for sale!

The Star (Jamaica) - - Sports The Weekend Star - LON­DON (AP):

Marko Ar­nau­tovic’s fu­ture at West Ham is mired in uncer­tainty after the Eng­lish Premier League (EPL) club’s star player ex­pressed his de­sire to take up a lu­cra­tive of­fer from China.

A state­ment re­leased by Ar­nau­tovic’s brother, Dani­jel, who also acts as his rep­re­sen­ta­tive, to Bri­tish broad­caster talkS­port says the Aus­tria for­ward “wants to go to a new mar­ket and chal­lenge for ti­tles” and that “it is his great de­sire that West Ham ac­cept the of­fer from China”.

It was not dis­closed which Chi­nese club has made the of­fer for Ar­nau­tovic.

West Ham re­sponded yes­ter­day by say­ing that Ar­nau­tovic “has a con­tract and we fully ex­pect him to hon­our not for sale”.

The 29-year-old Ar­nau­tovic is one of the most tal­ented play­ers in the EPL and has found a new level of con­sis­tency since join­ing West Ham from Stoke for a clu­brecord fee of £20 mil­lion (then US$26 mil­lion) in the sum­mer of 2017.

He switched from be­ing a wide mid­fielder to play up front un­der for­mer West Ham man­ager David Moyes last sea­son and has stayed in that po­si­tion un­der cur­rent coach Manuel Pel­le­grini.

Pel­le­grini says: “I want to keep him, of course, but you never know what might hap­pen in the fu­ture.”

West Ham play Ar­se­nal in the Premier­ship to­mor­row and Pel­le­grini sug­gested that Ar­nau­tovic would be avail­able for the game.

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West Ham United’s Marko Ar­nau­tovic (sec­ond left) scores his side’s first goal against Brighton & Hove Al­bion dur­ing a Premier League match at the Lon­don Sta­dium in Lon­don, Eng­land, on Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 2, 2019.

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