Monday , August 8 2022

Football: Pellegrini says Arnautovic is a happy hammer


(Reuters) Manuel Pellegrini believes that Marko Arnautovic is "happy" at West Ham United despite linking to him with a move and calling on the Austrian to prove it with his achievements.

Arnautovic told the Austrian newspaper Kurier last week that he would "compete for the very best," while his brother and agent Danijel said the 29-year-old must "play for a top team" to fulfill his potential.

Pellegrini manager said he understood the player's ambition but was convinced of his commitment to the London club.

"I know Marko. I know how he thinks," Chilean reporters said.

"I think every player in each team must have an ambitious mind and want to continue to improve his career.

"But I'm sure he's happy here and the best way to show is to keep up with good performance."

Arnautovic, who joined the club from Stoke City in July 2017, has contributed five league goals for West Ham this season but a recurring knee injury has kept him on a limited training schedule for the majority of the campaign.

"Marko has had a difficult season in that sense," said Pellegrini before Saturday's home game against his former club Manchester City.

"He has not been able to work a complete week from the start because of his knee. But in these two weeks he has had no problem.

"I expect him to give maximum performance in each game. He has a lot of power and goals. I expect him to do a complete season the same way he did in a half season last year."

(Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru, editing by Nick Mulvenney)

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