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!”