Marko Arnautovic has given the clearest indication yet he will eventually sign a new long-term deal at Stoke City.
The Austria international has had an impressive season for the Potters, scoring 10 goals in 30 appearances in all competitions so far, and he’s been linked with a move away as a result.
Several top Premier League clubs and some from across Europe are watching the 26-year-old closely and some have been given encouragement because he is yet to agree a new deal with his current contract only having just over a year left.
There were reports he would turn down any new offer the club put on the table in order to move on but now the former Werder Bremen man has dropped a big hint he will put pen to paper eventually.
“Stoke City gave me a new opportunity in my career,” he said. “I was down in Germany and they have helped me grow here. This is like a family here.
“The first thing I am going to do [about the contract] is nothing. I’m just going to keep going on the pitch, do my best and try to score goals.
“My agent and the club, they will talk – of course they will talk all the time until they come to an agreement. I’m happy at Stoke, but it’s not my job to figure out the contract.”
Arnautovic admits he is enjoying playing for Mark Hughes’ side and says being relied on for goals is a welcome experience.
He added: “It is nice. I have never been in this situation where I have been the top scorer and scored so many goals. It’s new for me, but I like it. I’m still on this trip. I want to score but I also want to make assists, I want to be important for the team.
“How it is now can go on. I am happy with that and I think the team is also happy with me. We try to do our thing, the best in every game, and we will see where that takes us to the end of the season.”