Austrian newspaper Kurier has sent some West Ham fans into meltdown as they report that Marko Arnautovic feels he is currently at the point in his career where he should be playing in the Champions League.
The former Stoke City man has become a talisman at the London Stadium as he leads the line and reaps the rewards of playing more centrally – the Austrian has scored five goals and assisted another in ten Premier League appearances this season.
Joining the Hammers in summer 2017 for a fee of £20m, the 6ft 4in forward has become the first-choice striker and it would be a massive blow to his side if he were to up sticks any time soon, especially as Manuel Pellegrini’s project seems to be finally coming to fruition.
The 29-year-old was linked with a switch to Manchester United in the summer and Jose Mourinho could be tempted into another approach for the player – whom he worked with at Inter Milan – after these reports have surfaced.
Here’s how the West Ham faithful reacted on Twitter.
Mmmm, I think it does I think footballers should just play and do well ( like he’s doing) and see what happens rather then saying things like this. I’d still wish him well but stay quiet until such times.
— Ray ⚒ (@appyammer) November 14, 2018
Can’t say I’m surprised by this , it always happens ,no prolonged investment structure to build a better team ,we always build a team to avoid relegation,never to kick on to the next level and give players like Arnautovic the view to winning things and what could be if they stay
— Andy Walsh ⚒ (@andrewrwalsh) 14 November 2018
He won’t go in January. But he’s world class, and would be the number one striker in any team in the premier league. So could see him going in summer, if a big offer came in. Would be absolutely gutting though.
— James Cole (@TheCole01) 14 November 2018
Sounds very worrying. Ohhhhh all the Payet feelings have come flooding back, I can see it now…
Pellegrini: “I have a situation with a player, it is Marko Arnautovic. He wants to leave, he doesn’t wanna play for us. We ain’t gonna sell him, not whatsoever, it’s not the money…
— ⚒️ J ⚒️ (@hammerhead2009) 14 November 2018
Kill me. Kill me now.
— Lee Ford (@Fordyas) 14 November 2018
Would be gutting but if he did go, I hope the club would hold out for £80 mil plus as we couldn’t replace him for less and not ‘give’ him away like we did with payet
— Matthew Edge-Wilkins (@intalentmatt) 14 November 2018
this will break my heart.
— David Pudney (@DavidPudney) 14 November 2018