Marko Arnautovic Opens Up On Struggles Adapting To Life In China During Incredibly Honest Interview
The 31-year-old completed a £23 million move to Shanghai from West Ham in July last year after a long-standing battle with the Premier League side over a move away.
Arnautovic has since gone on to score 12 goals in 15 appearances for the CSL side, but the Austrian has confessed to not treating the league with respect when he first arrived.
In an interview via Beanyman Sports, he admitted to drinking fizzy drinks and not taking training seriously.
"I underestimated it," Arnautovic said. "I didn't train. I didn't look after my body. I was eating. I was drinking fizzy drinks - Sprite, Coca Cola, Fanta - all these sugar drinks that are not good for the body."
:speaking_head:"I underestimated the condition here!"- Football Daily (@footballdaily) September 1, 2020
Mark Arnautovic on playing in the Chinese Super League pic.twitter.com/MEHSfnzjQM
"I went to bed at 6, 7 o'clock in the morning. I woke up 3, 4 o'clock in the afternoon, went to training, stayed up again all night, eating at wrong times."
Arnautovic did eventually take things more seriously after seeing the standard of play.
"This is exactly what I said before. Now I just put in my mind the club wanted me to come, to do well, to play for the title, and I changed because I need to do better and I need to be better. Otherwise you can't play here."
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Marko Arnautović made 17 direct goal contributions (G:11 A:6) for West Ham in the 2017-18 campaign, more than any other player.- Dan Woffenden (@danwoff98) August 31, 2020
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Do West Ham miss him? :point_down: pic.twitter.com/rN6uhB0Jy4
Just months before his move to the Chinese Super League, Arnautovic expressed his desire to stay at West Ham.
"I want to put offers aside, help the club climb as high as possible in the table and try to win the cup," he said back in January 2019.
"I guess it's no secret that there has been an offer for me and I have to admit that the offer was a very tempting one for me and my family.
"I have given 100 [per cent] to my club duties, but I have also needed some time to talk to my club, my wife and the rest of my family. I have now decided to put a stop to all the writings and speculation.
"It is clear that London and West Ham United feels like home for me and I hope the West Ham fans have always seen that.
"Let's focus on the rest of this season together and let those bubbles fly."
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