Friday 30 May 2014 12:40, UK
Marko Arnautovic has reiterated his desire to remain at Stoke City as speculation once again links him with a summer exit.
The 25-year-old only arrived in English football last summer, with Mark Hughes prepared to take a gamble on a player who had lost his way at Inter Milan and Werder Bremen.
The Austrian forward settled quickly in the Premier League and has become an important part of Stoke’s new attacking philosophy.
His efforts have not gone unnoticed, though, with it suggested that he could soon be on his way to another European heavyweight.
The likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, Newcastle United and AC Milan have all been linked with an approach but Arnautovic is feeling settled at the Britannia Stadium and says he is in no rush to take on a new challenge.
He told The Sentinel while away on international duty: “It’s just paper talk.
“The season was good and now it’s over. I do not need to think about my future at the moment because it continues at Stoke.
“The important thing for me at the moment is to focus on the next few days with Austria, give everything, and then I can take a break.”
Arnautovic, who has now graced the top tiers in Holland, Italy, Germany and England, added: “The Premier League is clearly the strongest league in the world.”