Redknapp: Disloyal Arnautovic’s China move driven by greed

BURNLEY, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 30: Marko Arnautovic of West Ham United arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Burnley FC and West Ham United at Turf Moor on December 29, 2018 in Burnley, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Former West Ham manager Harry Redknapp slammed Marko Arnautovic’s decision to leave the club in favour of a lucrative move to China

The Austrian forward’s agent and brother, Danijel Arnautovic, released a statement announcing his wish to seal a £35m move to China on Thursday.

This came shortly after Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini claimed that the reports of interest from an unnamed Chinese club in Arnautovic were just “rumours”.

West Ham have since released a statement of their own that announces they will not be selling Arnautovic in this month’s transfer window.

Now Redknapp, who coached the likes of Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand at West Ham between 1994 to 2001, has hit out against Arnautovic.

“They come and they go,” Redknapp told talkSPORT. “A mate of mine had a horse and named it ‘We’ve Got Payet’.

“And I told him in six months he’ll have to rename that horse ‘We Had Payet’. That’s how it works.

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“Forget loyalty. The days of people staying at clubs forever is long gone.

“I don’t know the boy, but he never looks that happy. He’s a real good player, he’s got great talent, but it’s a shame for West Ham fans. It’s sad really but that’s the way it’s gone.

“It’s not like it was when it was all lads who came from within an area, played for West Ham, that was their club and they were all happy to be there.

“Now, there are probably four or five of them who would love the chance to jump ship and move to China or anywhere else they can make a few quid.

“In their mind and the agent’s mind, they’re just thinking of the next move where they can make a few quid.”

West Ham will host Arsenal at the London Stadium this Saturday in a Premier League match.