West Ham striker Marko Arnautovic has pulled the plug on his move away from West Ham United as he intends to help the club’s ambitions.
The Austrian forward was closing in on a move to China but recently revealed he will remain with the Hammers until at least the end of the season via his social media platform.
Arnautovic, 29, was the subject of a reported £35million bid from a Chinese club, thought to be Shanghai SIPG. He admitted he had been tempted by the move but now wants to “put a stop” to the speculation.
“Dear West Ham fans, I guess it’s no secret that there has been an offer for me and I have to admit that the offer was a very tempting one for me and my family,” wrote Arnautovic and cited via team talk.
“I’ve given 100 per cent to my club duties but I have also needed some time to talk to my club, my wife and the rest of my family.
“I have now decided to put a stop to all the writings and speculation. I’m a professional footballer and the only thing I know in life is to play football.
“It’s clear that London and West Ham United feels like home for me and I hope the West Ham fans have always seen that.
“The club has pointed my career in the right direction since I joined and therefore I want to put the offers aside, help the club to climb as high as possible in the table and try to win the Cup.
“Let’s focus on the rest of this season together and let them bubbles fly COYI.”
Arnautovic is going NOWHERE! ⚒ pic.twitter.com/oTogF67wDk
— Goal (@goal) January 25, 2019