Arnautovic coy on future; prefers Premier League move if he leaves Stoke

Marko Arnautovic scores the first goal for Stoke

Marko Arnautovic has said he is undecided about his future at Stoke and will decide after the European Championships.

Marko Arnautovic celebrates after scoring the first goal for StokeMarko Arnautovic has not ruled out leaving Stoke this summer

Speaking to Bild, Stoke City talisman Marko Arnautovic has refused to rule out a move away from the Potters this summer.

The powerful Austrian forward is a much loved figure at the Britannia Stadium, and he has formed part of a new look potent Potters strike force that includes the likes of former Barcelona man Bojan Krkic.

The Austrian is set to play a key role at this summer’s European Championships for Austria, who kick off their campaign against Hungary on Tuesday.

Stoke's Marko Arnautovic in actionArnautovic will play for Austria at Euro 2016

And Arnautovic, whose contract runs out next summer, has refused to pledge his future to Stoke for next season.

Arnautovic said of his future: “I am not thinking about it at the moment. I have a contract until 2017. My brother, who is also my agent, has already sat down with Stoke.

"I cannot say if I will stay there or not. I first want to play a strong European Championship, stay healthy and then we will see where I play next season."

When asked if he would welcome a move back to Germany, having previously played for Bundesliga side Werder Bremen before joining Stoke in 2013, Arnautovic hinted that a Premier League destination would be his preferred choice.

Stoke's Marko Arnautovic in action with Sunderland's Fabio BoriniWill Arnautovic be in a Stoke shirt come September?

"One can not rule anything out," he said. "But my goal is to stay in England. I feel very comfortable there, have performed well.

"There I would be accepted. In Germany it was a bit different. Since I had ups and downs."

Stoke City manager Mark HughesCan Mark Hughes persuade Arnautovic to stay?

Arnautovic made 72 league appearances for Werder Bremen, scoring 14 goals, before leaving to join Stoke.

The Austrian played a key role for Stoke in a somewhat lukewarm campaign, one that promised much yet ended up with a slightly disappointing but highly respectable ninth place finish, one place ahead of former champions Chelsea.

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