Marko Arnautovic, along with his brother and agent, Danijel, have both cast serious doubt over the player’s future at West Ham United.
The 29-year-old insists he is ready to take the next step in his career to start competing with “the best players”.
Meanwhile, his brother has failed to close the door on the possibility of a move away in January.
Arnautovic: “I want to compete with the best players”
Arnautovic has proven himself to be one of West Ham’s top performing player since last season.
Last term, he was directly involved in 17 goals as he helped keep the Hammers in the top-flight.
The forward has continued his rich vein of form into the 2018/19 season with five goals so far.
However, now aged 29, the Austrian claims he is ready to start competing with “the best players”.
Arnautovic told the Austrian newspaper Kurier:
“I’m 29, so that’s the best age.
“It’s clear that I want to compete with the best players.
“But in this affair I totally trust my brother.”
Arnautovic’s agent: “Marko is ready for the next step”
Danijel, his brother and agent, also believes he is ready to start competing at the next level.
He claims in order to do so, the former Inter Milan player must leave the London Stadium.
Danijel insists his brother should be playing for a club competing for European football.
Danijel Arnautovic said:
“He’s already playing in the Premier League and that’s where the best players are.
“But for a player like Marko this cannot be the end.
“He’s a big part of West Ham’s team but I think it’s possible to tease out more of him.
“For that to happen, he has to play for a top team.
“Marko is ready for the next step. A player like him should not play against relegation.
“He should play for the European spots.
“Marko is really enjoying playing for West Ham. He loves that club and the fans.
“But there is still that feeling, that this cannot be the end. And everybody should understand that.”
Arnautovic’s agent confirms January move is “possible”
Meanwhile, his brother added that two Champions League clubs are interested in signing him.
When asked about the possibility of a move in January, he added:
“That is also possible. It was already very close in summer. Actually close enough to touch.
“There were two clubs playing Champions League this season.
“I can not reveal more. So there are options. And we are probing.”
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