Werder Bremen have no intention of selling Marko Arnautovic
Werder Bremen have attempted to play down reports suggesting they would be willing to part with Marko Arnautovic.
By Thomas Zocher
Last Updated: 14/02/13 3:29pm
The 23-year-old forward has been heavily linked with a move to Dynamo Kiev, with the Ukrainian outfit in a position to make additions to their squad until the end of February.
Bremen are aware of the rumours and appreciate that the Austria international has not played as often as he may have liked over recent weeks.
Arnautovic remains an important part of their plans, though, and the Bundesliga outfit would prefer to see the former Inter Milan striker agree fresh terms with them than take on a new challenge elsewhere.
Bremen executive Klaus Filbry told BILD: "As things stand today we have no interest in selling Marko Arnautovic. We want him to stay at our club.
"He recently said that he is looking to be successful over the second half of the season. That is what we are looking for.
"We hope to persuade Marko Arnautovic to sign a new contract with our club. This will be one of the main issues for (general manager) Thomas Eichin to address in the weeks to come."
Arnautovic, who joined Bremen from FC Twente in 2010, is currently under contract until 2014.