Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed that Marko Arnautovic has returned to West Ham training and is working ‘without any problems’ following the reported collapse of his move to China.
The Austrian forward was the subject of interest from a number of Chinese clubs, with Shanghai SIPG and Guangzhou Evrgrande both thought to be interested in his services, with at least one of them lodging a bid of around £35m.
While West Ham were initially adamant that the 29-year-old was not for sale, that stance reportedly softened, with the Hammers setting an asking price of around £50m.
Arnautovic was left out of West Ham’s 2-0 defeat to Bournemouth last weekend as he wasn’t in the right frame of mind, but has now returned to first-team training after seeing his proposed move fall through.
“On Friday, we will see the names of the players in the squad list,” Pellegrini said in his pre-match press conference.
“Marko is working with us without any problems. It is impossible for me to know the future.
“As a manager, I am worried about many different issues in my squad. Things happen in football and we know we must try to resolve this as soon as we can.”