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Pellegrini wants striker to stay

10th January 2019, 14:40 by Nick Harris

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has made it crystal clear he wants star striker Marko Arnautovic to remain with the club.

It was revealed on Wednesday that an unnamed Chinese club had made an offer in the region of £35m for the striker, who has also been linked with a move to Manchester United on many occasions this term.

Italian Pellegrini is trying to build a side to fight in the top half of the Premier League and to do that he needs to keep his star men, and he says £35m is nowhere near enough to see Arnautovic move on.

Pellegrini said: "We know that we have in Marko a very good player, so maybe a lot of clubs may want him to play for their team, but he's a player of West Ham and at the moment we don't have any news about him.

"Marko and the other players involved in the rumours have their heads here, they want to continue the way they're playing.

"I'm sure things like that are parallel to performance and he'll have his head in the game against Arsenal.

"I want to keep him, but you never know what will happen in the future."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Nick Harris is a long-standing journalist who specialises in football and rugby league. An avid golfer, Nick also follows the major boxing fights closely.

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