Everton target Arnautovic extends Stoke contract

Date published: Wednesday 27th July 2016 6:07

Marko Arnautovic Stoke

Marko Arnautovic has signed a new four-year deal with Stoke.

The Austria international, the Potters’ top-scorer and players’ player of the year last season, had been linked with a move to Everton.

The 27-year-old has been a big hit at the Bet365 Stadium since his arrival from Werder Bremen in 2013 and had one year left on his previous contract.

 

Stoke’s hopes of keeping on to one of their prized assets might have been helped by his quiet showing at Euro 2016, where Austria bowed out in the group stages.

But he hinted that he had options to debate before committing himself to the club on a long-term basis.

Writing on his Instagram page, alongside a picture of his contract signing, Arnautovic said: “I am proud and thrilled to finally let you know I am going to remain a Potter and will continue playing with my team and for my fantastic fans.

“I suppose sometimes it takes a bit longer to make the right decision and this one comes from my heart. My family and I could not be happier. Can’t wait for the season to begin!”

Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes added: “We are delighted that Marko has decided to commit his long-term future to the club.

“It has been a lengthy process but these things often are. Marko is settled in England and very happy at Stoke City which is why he has taken the decision to re-sign for a further four years. It’s a major boost to us as we prepare for the new season.”

Arnautovic’s new contract is the latest act in a busy week for the club, who have signed Wales midfielder Joe Allen from Liverpool and also brought in Ramadan Sobhi.

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