Marko Arnautovic has signed a new contract at West Ham United, and in doing so, has seen his future at the club go full circle – all in the space of a week.
A week ago, Arnautovic had just been left out of West Ham‘s 2-0 defeat to Bournemouth, with Manuel Pellegrini saying that the forward wasn’t in the right frame of mind, after the player made it clear he wanted to leave the Hammers and move to the Chinese Super League – even waving goodbye to the London Stadium when he substituted during his sides 1-0 win over Arsenal.
While the East London club initially were firm in their stance that the number 7 was not for sale, that stance softened slightly, although his Chinese suitors were unwilling to match their £50m valuation.
The Austrian committed his future to the Hammers until the end of the season at least on Friday night in a statement released on his Instagram account, but now he has gone full circle by putting pen to paper on an extended deal at the London Stadium.
A message from Marko Arnautovic to the fans: pic.twitter.com/QgLFhMuynm
— West Ham United (@WestHam) January 26, 2019
“I’m happy for this and I want to say to the fans that I’m happy to stay, I glad to play again, show myself and score goals, to make assists, but also to say that the major point is Marko Arnautovic never refused [to play or train]. I would never refuse,” the Austrian said in a statement on the official West Ham website
“I’m happy, I’m happy to come to this point. I’m happy that this club is improving. Step by step, every week, every month we are seeing some improvement and that’s good.”
“Our target, of course, is to climb as high as possible in the league table. We need to start again taking some points. We know it won’t be easy against Wolverhampton away and Liverpool at home. It’s never easy in this league but I’m sure we have enough quality to win games and to climb as high as possible in the table and then we’ll see.
“The fans gave me the power, they gave me the energy and that’s why I have to be here and that’s why I want to stay. I never wanted to run away because I hate this club, this was never my intention.
“I love this club and I will always love this club no matter what. You have decisions you have to make in life, but I say from now it doesn’t matter what happens I will always love West Ham and it will always be a big part in my life. I love this happiness, so listen, I’m here, I’m ready. I hope the fans are also ready and we go again.”
The statement does not reveal the length of Arnautovic’s new deal, with his original contract originally running until 2022.