Tony Cottee hits out at Marko Arnautovic

Marko Arnautovic sealed a move to Chinese Super League and the legendary forward had some choice words for the Austrian international.

Following the departure of Marko Arnautovic, West Ham United have lost a key element in their squad. A fan favourite, the Austrian handed in a transfer request for a second time this year. In January, he was also offered a lucrative contract by China but ended up signing a new contract at the London Stadium.

This time around however, Arnautovic stood his ground and ensured that he sealed a move to Chinese Super League heavyweights, Shanghai SIPG.

The striker has left the London team after two years there. His departure has definitely left a bitter taste in the mouths of the supporters.

And according to Cottee, Arnautovic became more of a liability than an asset when he signed a contract extension.

“I’ll remember Marko, on his day, as a fantastic player,” Cottee told Jim White on talkSPORT.

“When he arrived he took a little while to settle in, but he was given his opportunity up front and when he started playing there he certainly hit form and started banging a few goals in.

“So he was an exciting player for the Hammers, but he certainly let himself down towards the end. From the start of the year onwards, when the January window opened, there have been non-stop problems.

“It’s been a real problem for the club.”

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Cottee also lashed out at the player’s agent for claiming that his brother wanted to win trophies.

“It’s not the first time we’ve seen this in football,” Cottee continued. “Over the years we’ve seen it with many players who’ve decided for whatever reason that they don’t want to play for the club.

“I’m a West Ham fan and as far as I’m concerned if a player doesn’t want to play for the club, for whatever reason, then you have to move them on.

“I’ve got every sympathy for the club because I think they’ve been put in a very difficult position.

“Be honest about it! If you are going to leave West Ham and go to China, be honest about it. Say you are going for the money. He’s not going to further his career or win medals, because the glamour is here in England.

“I read in January that he wants to go and win medals and you’re thinking, ‘do me a favour… that’s absolutely ridiculous’.

“The first thing they [West Ham fans] want to see is 100 per cent commitment to the football club, and I don’t think Marko’s given that since January.

“Marko, as I’ve already said, on his day, was a fantastic footballer. But if you don’t want to play for the club, as far as I’m concerned, sod off and go and play somewhere else.”

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