Premier League: West Ham United won't sell striker Marko Arnautovic without my approval, says coach Manuel Pellegrini

West Ham United will not sell wantaway Austrian striker Marko Arnautovic without the express approval of manager Manuel Pellegrini, the Chilean has said.

Reuters January 18, 2019 15:07:41 IST
Premier League: West Ham United won't sell striker Marko Arnautovic without my approval, says coach Manuel Pellegrini
  • Arnautovic has been linked with a move to Chinese club Shanghai SIPG, with a 35 million pound ($45.42 million) bid rejected from CSL champions

  • Pellegrini said he understood Arnautovic’s desire to move to China due to the high wages on offer.

  • West Ham, who beat London rival Arsenal last weekend to climb to ninth in the table, visit Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday.

West Ham United will not sell wantaway Austrian striker Marko Arnautovic without the express approval of manager Manuel Pellegrini, the Chilean has said.

Premier League West Ham United wont sell striker Marko Arnautovic without my approval says coach Manuel Pellegrini

File image of Marko Arnautovic. Reuters

Arnautovic has been linked with a move to Chinese club Shanghai SIPG, with British media reporting that West Ham had rejected a 35 million pound ($45.42 million) bid from the Chinese Super League champions.

The 29-year-old is West Ham’s joint top scorer this season with eight goals in all competitions and Pellegrini said that although he had final say on the potential transfer, he had not asked the owners to reject offers for Arnautovic.

“If I say the player must stay, the player will stay,” the manager told reporters. “I don’t have any problem with the club. “They are not forcing me to sell Marko Arnautovic.

“In all the months I’ve been working here I never had any problems with the owners about that.”

Pellegrini, who spent two years managing Chinese club Hebei China Fortune, said he understood Arnautovic’s desire to move to China due to the high wages on offer.

West Ham, who beat London rival Arsenal last weekend to climb to ninth in the table, visit Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday.

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