'Not for sale' - West Ham oppose Arnautovic's request for China switch

'Not for sale' - West Ham oppose Arnautovic's request for China switch

"He took every award at the club; best player, signing of the season and the players" award. They paid £20m for him, which is nothing in the current market.

Arnautovic was the subject of a reported £35 million ($44 million) offer from an unnamed Chinese club this week.

As Gold strained to produce a series of throaty chuckles, assembled journalists asked him why Arnautovic had recently began learning Mandarin, purchased property in China and asked for his latest month's wages to be paid in Yuan.

West Ham United chairman David Gold is in no doubt whatsoever that Marko Arnautovic will remain at the club until 2022, and has insisted repeatedly and forcefully that "footballers are loyal people who always see out the entirety of their contracts".

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini had earlier stated his wish and belief Arnautovic will stay for the rest of the season.

"That's the last anyone will hear of Marko Arnautovic leaving for China", Gold told FourFourTwo approximately 60 times while waiting for the striker to read his latest jaunty WhatsApp message.

Shelvey has disappointed somewhat this season, only making 12 appearances for the club, but West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini is said to still be a keen admirer of the 26-year-old. Arnautovic is rumoured to have a £200,000 per-week offer on the table, one that would be hard to turn for a player approaching his 30th birthday.

'Now West Ham have a fantastic offer. He wants to go to a new market and challenge for titles.

Will be hard to replace but i trust Pellegrini to do it. [tomster36]This whole thing about Arnautovic is annoying!

West Ham have been inconsistent throughout the campaign but will undoubtedly pose a threat to a perennially shaky Arsenal backline.

"Those are all rumours", said Pellegrini.

'Marko is professional and is preparing himself for the Arsenal game.

However, the Hammer's will expect to face fierce resistance from the Magpies as the club won't look to sell the player unless they can bring in a suitable replacement. I don't think they will go.

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