Manuel Pellegrini on Marko Arnautovic to China links

Ruben Hill
January 10, 2019

Marko Arnautovic wants to leave West Ham in the January transfer window amid interest from an unnamed Chinese Super League club.

Arnautovic has also been linked with Chelsea and Manchester United in recent months.

West Ham host Arsenal on Saturday and Pellegrini has no qualms about picking Arnautovic despite the speculation.

Real Betis are keen to snap the striker, but West Ham are eager to ensure that they are not left short of options in the final third.

The West Ham boss does not believe the transfer interest will distract the Austrian worldwide from Saturday's visit of London rivals Arsenal in the Premier League, live on Sky Sports.

'He wants to go to a new market and challenge for titles.

If Arnautovic does move to China, West Ham will make a move for Bournemouth forward Wilson.

He knows the West Ham fans love him and he has a special connection with them, but things move on, this is the world of sport, and he hopes they can understand. He will give 100 per cent for West Ham. He took every award at the club; best player, signing of the season and the players' award. We know that we have a very good player in Marko, a lot of clubs may want him to play for them. Marko in this moment is a player of our team, players of his quality and other players like Declan Rice, Felipe Anderson, other clubs will want them but that is one thing.

'I think Marko and all the other players involved in rumours have their heads here and want to continue playing the way they are doing so far.

The Austrian has been a key performer under Pellegrini this season, scoring seven times in 15 Premier League appearances, the forward enjoying a fine second campaign having signed a five-year deal in a £20m ($25m) switch from Stoke City in July 2017.

Pellegrini said: "It was useful for him to play 60 minutes against Birmingham for the cup, he's been working really hard, so he demonstrated he is able to play".

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