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Pellegrini: Arnautovic won’t refuse to play for West Ham

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West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini doubts Marko Arnautovic will attempt to force through a move to China in a similar manner to that of Dmitri Payet

Chinese Super League champions Shanghai SIPG have reportedly had their £35m bid for Arnautovic turned down by West Ham.

Despite the Austrian forward’s desire for the transfer to East Asia to go ahead, West Ham are unwilling to part with their top scorer.

This has caused comparisons to be made between Arnautovic’s current predicament to that of Payet two years ago, who forced a move to Marseille by going on strike.

Speaking ahead to this Saturday’s trip to Bournemouth, however, Pellegrini expects Arnautovic to remain professional despite the ongoing uncertainty over his future.

“How is his mood? When you have such a high offer everyone wants to leave,” said Pellegrini, according to Sky Sports.

“He has a contract here, we know what will happen about that in the coming days.

“Everyone is talking about his future. He knows what is the best option for him. We will see what happens between the clubs.”

“I don’t think he will refuse to play.”

Amid interest from Valencia, Pellegrini hopes to retain Mexican striker Javier Hernandez despite his struggles to hold on to a regular starting spot under the Chilean this season.

“There are so many rumours about players coming and going from West Ham,” said Pellegrini.

“Javier is part of the squad, he, unfortunately, has had two long injuries but he will continue to be an important player to us.”