Karren Brady has confirmed that West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini will have the final say on the future of Marko Aunautovic.
The Austrian had a mixed time this season for the Hammers. After a great start to the season, the club received bids for him from the Chinese Super League in January.
It looked like he wanted to leave but he eventually changed his mind and went on to sign a new contract with West Ham, which runs until 2023.
Brady has been speaking to Sky Sports about the summer ahead, and she did not confirm whether the Austrian international would remain at the club:
It’s the same with every player – their future at the club is determined by the manager. Not by the chairman, not by the board and certainly not by me. If he decides he wants him at the club and wants to offer him a new contract, like he did a few months ago, then that’s what happens.
If he decides he wants a player to leave, then that’s what happens. The board support whatever decision he makes, and that’s the way it should be.
Even though Arnautovic has a reputation of ill-discipline, he remains a crucial player for the Hammers and is certainly a handful for defenders.
West Ham may need to make a big decision on the future of their talisman, whose commitment to the club remains under question.
Possible replacements for Arnautovic
Gomez remains one of La Liga’s most impressive strikers, and signing the Celta Vigo star could be a shrewd bit of business.
Zapata has led the line expertly for Atalanta this season. He’d provide West Ham with a good option up front.
Adams has immense potential and displayed his goalscoring credentials for Birmingham City this season. He’d be a strong addition.
Kramaric is excellent at finding space in the final third. The Hoffenheim and Croatia forward would be an astute signing.
Seferovic has been good for Benfica. He netted 23 goals this season and could be an upgrade on West Ham’s current options.