Arnautovic: Koeman & Lukaku wanted me to sign for Everton

Date published: Sunday 23rd April 2017 3:00

Stoke City star Marko Arnautovic has claimed he rejected interest from Everton after conversations with both Ronald Koeman and Romelu Lukaku.

The Blues made a move for the Austrian last summer, who has seven goals and four assists in all competitions this season, with him reportedly being available for purchase at £12.5million.

However, Arnautovic has revealed that he felt he owed it to Stoke to sign a new deal after the faith they have put in him.

“Ronald Koeman tried to persuade me to move to Everton. Romelu Lukaku also phoned me to ask if I would join them, and I found that a great honour,” Arnautovic told SportMagazin in Austria.

“But nonetheless I rang Mark Hughes and told him: ‘Get the paperwork ready – I’ll extend my stay with Stoke.’

“They had put a lot of faith in me, and rescued me from Germany.  Werder Bremen was a bad place for me, and I had to leave them.

“Stoke took me on, and my career took off with them.  I thought to myself – it’s a place where everything suits me, so why not stay put?

“Stoke wanted to make me their best-paid player.  Talks took place, and in the end everyone was happy.

“Okay, I don’t know how satisfied Stoke were – but I certainly was!”

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