Marko Arnautovic moved to West Ham United from Stoke City in 2017 and before the start of the season, Manchester United were reportedly interested in signing him.

No deal took shape and the Austrian international continued with the Hammers, where he’s scored five goals and registered one assist in 10 Premier League appearances for Manuel Pellegrini’s side.

At 29 years of age, the forward is of the belief that he belongs at a top club, competing with and against the top players, and he has left his brother and agent, Danijel Arnautovic to handle things regarding his future.

The attacker’s representative gave an interview to Austrian newspaper Kurier.

He explained the player loves West Ham fans, while he also stressed that Arnautovic wants to play at the highest level.

“Well, he plays in the Premier League, because he is already among the best. But for a player like Mark, this cannot be the end,” Danijel said.

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“What do you think he feels when he turns on the TV on Tuesday or Wednesday? But every striker’s heart is bleeding when he knows he has what it takes to play.

“He has great support at West Ham, but I think it’s possible to get out more of him. For that to happen, he has to play for a top team. Marko is ready for the next step. A player like him should not play against relegation.

“You have to understand that Marko is really enjoying playing for West Ham. He loves that club and the fans. But there is still that feeling, that this cannot be the end, purely from the sporting perspective. And everybody should understand that.”

When further quizzed if Marko could leave West Ham soon, his brother and agent said: “That’s possible. He was already very, very close [to leaving West Ham] this last summer. There were two Champions League clubs . I cannot reveal more. So there are options. And we are probing.” 

Thanks to Fabian Zerche for the heads up.