Arnautovic extends West Ham stay

Marko Arnautovic has extended his stay at West Ham, after weeks of uncertainty over his future at the club.

The Austrian forward penned down a deal to add a further year on his current deal, which sees him remain at the club until 2023, Sky Sports News understands.

West Ham formerly announced they would only listen to offers in the region of £50m, only for the player to rule out a move away hours later.

He was not included in Manuel Pellegrini’s squad for their FA Cup fourth-round defeat against AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.

And Arnautovic dispelled the rumours he “never refused” to play or train.

“I’m happy for this and I want to say to the fans that I’m happy to stay, I’m 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],” he said in a statement via Sky.

“I would never refuse.

“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.”

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Arnautovic said in an Instagram post on Friday it was “no secret” there was an offer on the table for him from elsewhere.

“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,” he added on Saturday. “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.”

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