West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini and striker Marko Arnautovic have both hinted that the player is set to remain in East London for next season.
Arnautovic was at the centre of a major January transfer saga. In mid-January, the Austrian’s brother and agent (Danijel Arnautovic) told talkSPORT that his client wanted to quit West Ham.
The riches of China were tempting Arnautovic. According to The Times, Shanghai SIPG were set to bid £45m for the wantaway forward.
But after this move collapsed, Arnautovic penned a new contract at West Ham. Many fans speculated that this would include clauses to allow him to move to China in the summer.
However, Arnautovic went on a long goal drought after this. But the Southampton game was a turning point. The 30-year-old scored twice to show he can return to his best form.
Manuel Pellegrini on Marko Arnautovic future
After Arnautovic’s double against Southampton, West Ham boss Pellegrini hinted that he would stay. In his post-match interview, Pellegrini praised his striker and called for more of the same.
Pellegrini told whufc.com: “Marko has had a special season but he finished very well today. Next season, I am sure we are going to see the Marko Arnautovic who knows how much he can give to this club.
“Today, he played very well, not just with the two goals that he scored but also with the way he was involved in the game. He was absolutely concentrated. We hope we can have a complete season from Marko Arnautovic in the way he played today.”
Marko Arnautovic on his future
Arnautovic also hinted that his future lies in East London. After being awarded man of the match, he promised West Ham fans big things next season.
And the Hammers striker ended his message with the following words: “We got next season”.
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— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) May 4, 2019
A fully focused and in-form Arnautovic could save cash-strapped West Ham millions in the summer transfer window.