The Austrian international has been linked with a move to Inter Milan this week. But asking international team-mate Marko Arnautovic about his time in Milan may give the Aston Villa forward some scope on the deal.
Last week Andreas Weimann was linked with a remarkable move to Inter Milan in the summer as speculation continues to mount over the Austrian international forwards future at Villa Park.
The 21-year-old has been one of the most impressive breakthrough performers of the current season; forming a brilliant partnership up front with Belgian talent Christian Benteke. With Villa struggling in the league the impressive performances were always going to garner attention from envious eyes but there is of course another reason behind this heightened interest.
Not only has the thought of easy pickings from a relegated side got big clubs licking their lips but the forward is out of contract in 2014.
Villa have been trying frantically to tie him down to a new contract but he is, understandably, reluctant to commit himself to the team until they secure their Premier League survival.
The move to Inter may seem far-fetched but he is certainly catching the eye with his bustling and energetic performances up top as well as a versatility that sees him capable of playing on the wing.
But could he seek advice on such a move from a member of his own national side who plays in a very similar style.
Marko Arnautovic was in protracted talks to join Inter from FC Twente back in 2009 when he was just 19-years-old and the forward was eventually brought in on loan with a view to a permanent deal in 2010.
While Arnautovic may have been a character and impressive young talent his behaviour off the pitch was not appreciated by then Inter coach Jose Mourinho who described him as ‘a fantastic guy’ with ‘the attitude of a child’ after releasing him from his loan spell with no hope of a permanent deal.
Perhaps the fact he was best friends with Mario Balotelli during his time in Milan may have played some role in his behavioural issues. To be fair to Mario the Austrian played for four different youth teams due to his disciplinary problems before signing for FC Twente in 2006.
It still shows that a move to a team such as Inter cannot always be regarded as the Holy Grail. Now at Bundesliga side Werder Bremen he has improved his behaviour problems no end after a shaky start and much of that is due to the lack of opportunities for mischief making in Bremen.
Making a big move can have different effects on varying personalities and whereas Milan brought out more of the naturally extrinsic facets of Arnautovic’s personality somebody more reserved like Weimann could struggle to find his place amongst a team of stars like Internazionale.
If Villa stay up, for me, there is nowhere better for him to continue his football development then at Villa Park.
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