Arnautovic commits to Hammers
West Ham striker Marko Arnautovic has ended speculation over a move to China by penning a new one-year contract extension.
The Austrian forward wrote in an Instagram post on Friday that he would remain with the Hammers until at least the end of the season and he has now gone a step further by extending his deal with the club.
West Ham have not specified the length of Arnautovic's new deal - he was previously contracted to the club until 2022 - but the 29-year-old has welcomed the news and rejected rumours he was seeking to force his way out.
He said on the club's official website: "I'm happy for this and I want to say to the fans that I'm happy to stay.
"I'm glad to play again, show myself and score goals, to make assists, but also to say that the major point is Marko Arnautovic never refused (to play or train). I would never refuse.
"I'm happy, I'm happy to come to this point. I'm happy that this club is improving. Step by step, every week, every month we are seeing some improvement and that's good."
Arnautovic was the subject of a reported £35million bid from a Chinese club, thought to be Shanghai SIPG, and he admitted he had been tempted by the move.
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