'We are disappointed in him' - Stoke chief hits out at Arnautovic for West Ham transfer
By Danny Wright
Stoke chairman Peter Coates has revealed that he is “disappointed” with Marko Arnautovic at a personal level for quitting the Potteries in order to join West Ham.
The 28-year-old winger became the Hammers’ record signing last week as he transferred to the London Stadium in a deal that could end up being worth £25million.
Long-standing Stoke chief Coates, 79, has now hit out at the Austrian international for not honouring a four-year contract extension which he penned last July and has suggested that he he has shown a lack of loyalty.
“We are disappointed in him personally and people around him,” said Coates to TalkSport on Wednesday, as quoted by Alan Brazil’s Sports Breakfast’s official Twitter account.
“We resurrected his career. Our manager and coaches worked very hard to improve him and made him a name in the game.
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“Last year we spent so much effort into giving him a long term contract and first thing we get in the summer, he comes back he wants to leave.”
— Alan Brazil (@SportsBreakfast) July 26, 2017
It was widely reported that Arnautovic had handed in a transfer request at Stoke in order to try and force a move to West Ham after a series of rejected bids.
The former Werder Bremen attacker left the Staffordshire club having earned 145 appeareances across all competitions, finding the net on 26 occasions.
He has joined a West Ham team that have been impressive in the transfer window so far, with Pablo Zabaleta, Joe Hart and Javier Hernandez all penning deals with the Irons, who will surely be hoping for a better performance in the Premier League next season with their new recruits.
Slaven Bilic’s men kick off their league campaign with a trip to Old Trafford to face Hernandez’s former employers Manchester United in just over two weeks.