Marko Arnautovic dismisses Stoke City exit rumours

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Stoke City forward Marko Arnautovic insists he is happy to remain at the Britannia Stadium despite alleged transfer interest from Liverpool, Tottenham and Newcastle United.

Sky Sports reports how the 25-year-old has attracted admiring glances from a host of Premier League rivals, following an impressive debut campaign with the Potters in 2013/14.

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has been weighing up a bid to lure Arnautovic to Anfield this summer, as he looks to strengthen his first-team squad ahead of Liverpool's return to the Champions League next season.

Meanwhile, Mauricio Pochettino - who signed a five-year deal to become Tottenham's new manager earlier this week - is also believed to be a fan of the Austria international, and is considering an attempt to bring the player to White Hart Lane.

However, both Spurs and Liverpool will face an uphill battle to convince Arnautovic to quit Stoke this summer, after he reiterated his commitment to Mark Hughes's side.

"It's just paper talk," said the former Inter Milan and Werder Bremen star when questioned about recent transfer speculation. "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."

Arnautovic added: "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."

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