‘Marko Arnautovic wants to leave West Ham’
West Ham midfielder Michail Antonio was a guest on Goals on Sunday.
The hot topic of conversation is the ongoing future of Austrian international striker Marko Arnautovic.
Last week West Ham received a reported 38 million pound bid for Arnautovic from China.
It’s also understood that Arnautovic would received a hefty pay-hike if he made the move.
Now 29-years-old, Arnautovic is under contract at West Ham until 2022.
So will he stay in east London?
According to Antonio, Arnautovic’s intentions are clear:
It’s been quite tight-lipped, but everyone knows Marko wants to go. He’s massive for the club, I think he’s joint top goalscorer right now, so he’s a big player for us.
The fans love him, it’s just one of those things where in his life right now, he feels it’s another step for him and I think he’s going to one of the best clubs over there, where he might be able to win some trophies.
He’s coming to the latter end of his career, maybe he just feels like before he retires he needs a new step, and this might be a step that he wants.
"It's been quite tight-lipped, but everyone knows Marko wants to go."
Michail Antonio told Goals on Sunday West Ham team-mate Marko Arnautovic wants to be allowed to move to China – but he doesn't know how they will be able to replace him.
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) January 13, 2019
Arnautovic travel to Austria
On Saturday night, following West Ham’s 1-0 win over Arsenal, Arnautovic was spotted in Heathrow airport.
That instantly sparked concern that the forward was leaving the Irons.
Instead, Arnautovic revealed he’s travelling to Vienna for Serbian new year on January 14.
For anyone posting the arnautovic picture of him being at Heathrow and going to China….. just look at this, he’s not on his way yet! pic.twitter.com/NTSbCWZJEJ
— ⚒jack⚒ (@Jack_Ryan_123) January 12, 2019
West Ham’s next match is against Bournemouth next weekend.
Following the win over Arsenal, the Hammers squad have been given off until Tuesday.