Marko Arnautovic has today finally agreed a new four year contract with Stoke City that will see the Austrian international stay at Stoke until 2021.
It was widely reported yesterday, that Arnautovic was to move on to pastures new, as Sky Sport Austria had reported that Arnie had agreed a deal with Everton.
Notably, that sent the whole of Stoke’s fan-base crazy, as the thought of losing such a talismanic figure from last season dawned upon them.
Arnautovic, (who had such a blistering 2015/16 campaign in the Premier League, picking up 11 goals and 6 assists) would have been a huge loss to Stoke, and Stoke fans felt a little cheated at the thought of him moving on to a club who are very similar to Stoke, and also can’t offer the UEFA Champions League, that Arnie had previously mentioned that he desired.
The news comes on a fantastic week for The Potters, who saw Joe Allen and Ramadan Sobhi both sign on Monday, and will be a huge boost to Hughes ahead of the forthcoming campaign.
Speaking to The Sentinel, Stoke City Chief Executive, Tony Scholes said: “An important part of (Stoke’s growing reputation) is that we can keep the quality of player that we’ve got. We have got an extremely good squad. Sometimes it is as important to keep players as to bring in new players.”