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Thursday 24 January 2019

Pellegrini determined to hold onto Arnautovic

Marko Arnautovic
Marko Arnautovic

Manuel Pellegrini is determined to keep hold of Marko Arnautovic amid interest from the Chinese Super League in the Austrian forward.

An unnamed club, believed to be champions Shanghai SiPG, is understood to have launched a £35million swoop for the Hammers' top scorer.

The club will attempt to lure Arnautovic, who turns 30 in April, with wages understood to be £200,000 a week over a four-year contract.

Hammers boss Pellegrini insisted no concrete bid has been made, but he did admit it could be difficult to hang on to his star man in the future. "Those are all rumours," he said. "We know that we have a very good player in Marko, a lot of clubs may want him to play for them. At the moment we have no news about him.

"I don't want to talk about things that might happen. Marko in this moment is a player of our team, players of his quality and other players like Declan Rice, Felipe Anderson, other clubs will want them but that is one thing. I don't think they will go.

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

West Ham host Arsenal tomorrow and Pellegrini has no qualms about picking Arnautovic despite the speculation.

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