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'I have matured enormously' - West Ham fans will surely disagree with Marko Arnautovic's latest comments

West Ham striker Marko Arnautovic has told the Austrian media that he no longer merits the “bad boy” tag. Speaking to Kronen Zeitung (via Sport Witness), Arnautovic claims that he has grown up and “matured enormously”.

But West Ham fans might beg to differ after witnessing Arnautovic’s behaviour in January with his China transfer saga.

Marko Arnautovic on maturing

Marko Arnautovic claims to have “matured enormously”. (Photo by Ben Early/Getty Images)

As translated via Sport Witness, Arnautovic told Kronen Zeitung: “This “Bad Boy” thing will follow me for a long time (laughs). I used to do things without thinking twice before, today it’s different. I have matured enormously, both as a person and in sports.

“You just get older and smarter. Of course, the family contributes a great deal to this, and my agency Next Sports Marketing has also always given good advice on the side.”

Marko Arnautovic: The January saga

Marko Arnautovic appeared to say goodbye in January. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

In January, Arnautovic suddenly announced he wanted to leave West Ham. The 29-year-old was keen on the riches of China and wanted to force through a move.

Many media outlets reported this story with The Times claiming he was the subject of a £45m bid from the Chinese Super League.

Arnautovic was dropped from the squad while this saga rumbled on. And Pellegrini only recalled him to the starting line-up last weekend against Huddersfield Town.

The Austria international has not been the same player since January. Before that, he was West Ham’s talisman and main man up front.

His behaviour in January indicated that perhaps he has not “matured enormously”, contrary to his latest comments.

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