Chelsea and Everton are among a number of Premier League clubs interested in signing Marko Arnautovic, according to his agent.

The West Ham forward has scored five goals in 10 league games this season, even though Manuel Pellegrini's side have won just one of their past five top-flight fixtures.

Arnautovic's agent, his brother Daniel, says the Austria international is considering a January exit and claims a host of top sides in England are monitoring his situation.

"It's not that he really wants to leave, but we believe this is the moment in his career when he has to take a step forward and try to win a few trophies, maybe even the Champions League," he told gianlucadimarzio.com.

"There are a lot of Premier League clubs tracking him. Chelsea and Everton, for example, but not only them."

Daniel Arnautovic also suggested his client could be tempted back to Serie A, where he spent a brief period on loan with Inter in 2009-10.

"Why not?" He said, when asked about a return to Italy. "He could prove that Inter weren't wrong to take a gamble. He was only 19 when he joined Inter and left many good friends behind there, along with fond memories of Milan."

Speaking earlier, the Austria international told Kurier newspaper: "I'm 29, so at my best age. It's clear that I want to compete with the very best. But I fully trust my brother in such matters."

His brother added that Arnautovic was ready for "the next step" in his career, even though he is happy with life at London Stadium.

"Marko feels extremely comfortable at West Ham. You can see that every week," he said. "But you also get the feeling this cannot be the end. He's ready for the next step.

"Someone like him should not be fighting against relegation but playing for the best seats and for the international places."

Roberto Martinez insists there is no "war" with Manchester United over the fitness of their Belgian players, despite Marouane Fellaini's quick return to action.

Fellaini was not available for selection for Belgium's upcoming matches with Iceland and Switzerland due to a lack of fitness following a groin problem.

However, United boss Jose Mourinho was forced to start Fellaini for Sunday's Manchester derby due to a thigh injury suffered by Paul Pogba.

Despite not being fit for international duty, Fellaini played the full 90 minutes in United's 3-1 defeat, which could have left Martinez wondering why he was not allowed to call on the 30-year-old.

But the former Everton boss has no problems with United's decision and rejected claims there was tension between the two parties.

"What happened with Marouane Fellaini is something that happens constantly in dressing rooms," he told a media conference.

"Due to the circumstances, he had to play, and it's incredible to see him playing 90 minutes at an incredible level, so for us it is fantastic news. 

"We made a decision last Friday about the squad with information we had on all the players and it is a good opportunity to carry on with the plans that we have. 

"But knowing that Marouane played 90 minutes at the weekend is good to know, it means that he is getting very close to being fully fit and if he is needed he will always be available to the national team. 

"The two medical departments had very good conversations and the best decision is the one we took. There's been nothing strange about the situation of Marouane.

"It's good to see he got through the 90 minutes. We are delighted he is getting [back] to his best level, the same way that we were disappointed he couldn't participate with us in the previous camp because of the niggles.

"That was a disappointment we shared with his club. We are working all together, this is not a war [with Manchester United], this is not a situation where we are trying to get revenge over anyone."

Another United star, Romelu Lukaku, will be rested for Thursday's friendly with Iceland as he continues his recovery from a hamstring strain.

But Martinez could use the striker against Switzerland as Belgium look to reach the Nations League Finals.

"Romelu will train today with the group," added Martinez. "He's had a very positive reaction so we'll take it day by day, see how he feels and we'll take it [him playing] into consideration."

Jurgen Klopp claimed he does not feel pressure despite Liverpool being widely tipped to challenge for the Premier League title this season, while admitting he does not give too much thought to systems and formations.

The Reds are one of three unbeaten sides at the top of the table after 12 league games, although they have suffered two defeats in the Champions League and one in the League Cup.

When asked about the expectation on his side as they aim for domestic and European success this season, Klopp gave a typically pragmatic account of his feelings.

"I don’t feel pressure. That's how it is," Klopp told Premier League Productions.

"I made a decision long ago for myself: I give everything I have. I don't hold anything back. In this moment, I can't do better. I am really like I am.

"I expect a lot from myself but there is no pressure. We want to win each game and if we don't win it then we want to win the next one.

"Any other decisions – how people look at me and what people think about me – I have nothing to do with that because I have no influence on it. As long as we win football games, everybody thinks – even if they don't like me – 'He's a good manager'.

"And when we lose football games, the people who don’t like me and the people who like me say, 'Maybe he's not the right manager anymore'. That's how it is. If you know that before, how can it put pressure on your shoulders? I really don't understand that."

Klopp was asked about the 4-2-3-1 formation that was used successfully in the 2-0 win over Fulham on Sunday, when Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Xherdan Shaqiri played behind Mo Salah in attack.

Liverpool lined up in a 4-3-3 formation in their previous game - a 2-0 defeat at Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League - but Klopp played down the importance of his chosen system.

On the subject of 4-2-3-1, he said: "We played it from time to time, we didn't only play it at the beginning when I came in.

"But it's never about the system, it's all about the players.

"My job is to bring the players into the best position where they can help the team most with the things they can do.

"If I can do it with the system, I do it, but it's not that we go through the week and be very creative with things like that because, in the end, the players need to play [on instinct]."

Virgil van Dijk would give his Netherlands defensive partner Matthijs de Ligt a glowing reference should Liverpool want to add him to Jurgen Klopp's squad.

De Ligt's reputation has gone from strength to strength since making his Ajax debut in 2016 and establishing himself at the heart of the club's defence.

A first international call-up followed last year and this season De Ligt has been linked with a string of Europe's top clubs – with Barcelona said to be at the front of the queue.

Paris-Saint Germain, Inter and Liverpool have also been named as potential destinations for the 19-year-old, who is contracted with Ajax until 2021.

Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman expects the teenager to leave the Eredivisie in the near future but Van Dijk has yet to be asked about his international team-mate by Liverpool's hierarchy.

"He will be on the [Liverpool] lists because they have enough scouts at the club," he told De Telegraaf.

"No [they haven't mentioned De Ligt], but if they need my opinion, I'll give it.

"He is already very far, especially for his age. [He is] a good defender, good boy, calm, knows what he wants and hopefully he makes the right choice."

But Van Dijk does not expect De Ligt to take his record as the world's most-expensive defender, Liverpool having paid £75million for the 27-year-old in January.

"They will pay less for Matthijs," he added. "The amount for me was very high.

"It's just like that and if he ever becomes the most expensive defender, I'll be the first to congratulate him."

Claudio Ranieri's appointment as Fulham's new manager came out of the blue, but the Premier League strugglers have drafted in one of football's most experienced coaches.

Ranieri earned global acclaim when he led outsiders Leicester City to the Premier League title in 2015-16, the first time the club had ever topped England's summit.

The former Inter and Juventus boss has also got plenty of Premier League experience from his time at Chelsea, with the Blues finishing second in the table in the 2003-04 campaign.

Ranieri worked with Jokanovic during his time in charge at Stamford Bridge, but what else do we know about the Italian's career to date? With the help of Opta, we take a look at the numbers.

18 - Fulham will be the 18th team Ranieri has coached in his managerial career. His previous clubs include Monaco, Juventus, Chelsea and Atletico Madrid, as well as the Greece national team.

60.53 - Ranieri's most successful win ratio at a major club dates back to his spell at Monaco between 2012 and 2014. He led them to promotion from Ligue 2 and they finished second behind Paris Saint-Germain the following season.

17.65 - In contrast, Ranieri only won six of his 34 games during a spell in charge of Cagliari at the start of his career. They also managed just 29 goals during his tenure.

24 - Ranieri lasted only 24 matches in his second stint with Valencia, having rejoined the Spanish side at the start of the 2004-05 LaLiga season. After winning just 10 games, Ranieri left the following February.

262 - In his first taste of the Premier League, Ranieri spent nearly four years in charge of Chelsea. The Italian - dubbed 'The Tinkerman' due to his ever-changing line-ups - saw his side score 262 goals in 146 matches.

41 - Most recently, Ranieri was in charge of Nantes, as he returned to Ligue 1. However, he lasted a single season, his team conceding 41 goals in their 38 matches and scoring only 36 times. His spell ended with a 36.84 win percentage.

57.14 - In the Champions League, Ranieri has the same 57.14 per cent win ratio at two of his former clubs - Leicester City and Inter. The Foxes sacked him while they were still in the competition, having lost 2-1 away to Sevilla in the first leg of their last-16 tie.

209 - Fulham's first game under Ranieri will be at home to fellow strugglers Southampton, on November 24. It will be his 210th Premier League match as a manager.

Claudio Ranieri is setting his sights higher than just Premier League survival after being appointed Fulham's new manager.

Former Chelsea and Leicester City boss Ranieri replaced the sacked Slavisa Jokanovic on Wednesday after signing a "multi-year" contract, with Fulham stuck at the bottom of the table on five points.

Fulham were among the Premier League's highest spenders in the last transfer window, spending approximately £100million to bolster their squad following promotion from the Championship.

Jean Seri, previously linked with Barcelona, was among the eye-catching arrivals, while World Cup winner Andre Schurrle also signed, as well as Aleksandar Mitrovic and Alfie Mawson.

But Jokanovic was unable to muster a winning formula this term, losing his last six league games in charge and leading Fulham to only one victory in the Premier League.

Ranieri, a Premier League winner with Leicester in the 2015-16 season, feels the talent at Fulham means they should be looking up the league table.

"It is an honour to accept Mr Khan's invitation and opportunity to lead Fulham, a fantastic club with tradition and history," Ranieri told the club's website.

"The objective at Fulham should never be to merely survive in the Premier League. We must at all times be a difficult opponent and should expect to succeed.

"This Fulham squad has exceptional talent that is contrary to its position in the table. I know this team is very capable of better performances, which we will work on straight away as we prepare for Southampton at the Cottage."

Ranieri's first game in charge will be against Southampton on November 24, while his former club Leicester visit Craven Cottage early next month.

Slavisa Jokanovic has been sacked by Fulham with Claudio Ranieri appointed as the Premier League club's new manager.

With Fulham bottom of the Premier League following six consecutive defeats, the most recent of which was Sunday's 2-0 loss at Liverpool, Jokanovic's departure was confirmed on Wednesday.

And Ranieri, who won the Premier League at Leicester City in 2015-16, will replace the Serbian at Craven Cottage.

Fulham said Ranieri has signed a "multi-year" contract and he will be tasked with dragging them out of relegation trouble.

Jokanovic led Fulham back to the Premier League but results this term have been poor, a 4-2 home win over Burnley their sole success.

Chairman Shahid Khan expressed regret at the sacking of Jokanovic and thanked the former Watford boss for his efforts at the club.

"I wasn’t anticipating having to make this announcement related to Slavisa and wish the circumstances were such that I didn’t have to, but our path this season has led me to make what I know is the correct decision, at the right time, for our players, the club and our supporters," Khan said in a statement.

"Slavisa will always have my appreciation and respect for everything he did to return Fulham to top-flight football. I am hoping everyone in the Fulham family shares my heartfelt sentiments for Slavisa and joins me in wishing him success and good fortune, wherever his next stop may be."

Khan's son Tony will continue to oversee first-team player recruitment and contractual agreements in his role as vice-chairman and director of football operations, although Ranieri has been appointed manager while Jokanovic's title at the club was head coach.

"Making a change without having the right answer or succession plan was not an option, so having someone of Claudio's calibre ready to accept our challenge was comforting but, most of all, essential," Shahid Khan added.

"Claudio is risk-free and ready-made for the Premier League, and particularly so for what we need at this moment at Fulham. His recent body of work with Leicester City is literally legendary, and then you look at Claudio's experience with Chelsea and big clubs throughout Europe, and it’s pretty evident we are welcoming an extraordinary football man to Fulham football club."

Ranieri, whose former clubs include Monaco, Chelsea, Roma and Juventus, was most recently in charge of Nantes but left the post in May after a single season with the Ligue 1 side.

Slavisa Jokanovic has been sacked by Fulham with Claudio Ranieri appointed as the Premier League club's new manager.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is a better manager than Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola, according to Diego Maradona.

Guardiola led City to the Premier League title last season and has his team flying again this campaign, while Mourinho's United are struggling, beaten in the derby on Sunday.

However, Maradona feels former Real Madrid, Chelsea and Inter boss Mourinho is the world's best coach.

"For me yes, Mou is the best," he told Marca.

"I would give Pep the merit of taking advantage of the launch that Johan Cruyff gave him.

"I have said on more than one occasion that tiki-taka was not invented by Guardiola. It was 'Flaco' Cruyff.

"At the moment Pep is able to choose any player in the world that he wants. That way tiki-taka is easier."

Maradona, now in charge of Mexican second-tier side Dorados, said he still had room to improve as a coach.

Asked if he would be interested in coaching in Spain, the 1986 World Cup winner said only a "long-term project" would interest him, but first he wants to go to Manchester to learn from Mourinho.

"Myself as a coach I need to learn a lot and for that reason I think I will go to Manchester and Mourinho to ask him a lot of things," the Argentina great said.

"Because he is the best without doubt."

Mesut Ozil rejected "crazy offers" from Asian clubs worth a reported £1million a week to stay at Arsenal, according to his agent.

The 30-year-old agreed to a new deal with the Gunners in February which is said to be worth in the region of £300,000 per week, after months of speculation over his future.

His representative, Dr Erkut Sogut, has denied money was the main problem during protracted negotiations with the club and suggested Ozil could have earned world-record sums had he agreed to move away from north London.

"We had some really big offers from Asia. There were some crazy offers," he told Standard Sport. "But, for Mesut, money was by no means the biggest factor.

"Money is definitely one important thing to consider, but people must remember that footballing ability is just one aspect of a contract negotiation. The commercial impact of a footballer is crucial nowadays.

"Mesut has the biggest social media following of any player in the Premier League and I just read that his shirt numbers [sales] were the largest at the club. At the end of the day, this is all information that has to be taken into consideration.

"So, the commercial side is very big with a player like Mesut, who has played in different countries and was the number 10 of the Germany team, where he won the World Cup. His market is worldwide. The club makes money out of these players as well."

Ozil, who joined from Real Madrid in 2013, is now committed to Arsenal until 2021 and has suggested he could stay at Emirates Stadium for the rest of his career.

Sogut says the player's love for the club was a key factor behind his decision to stay.

"It came down to what was in his heart," he said. "We were free to sign with other clubs and, in the end, Mesut loves the club. I put everything to him and he just said, 'This is my home, I want to be here'."

Paul Pogba insists it was "the best feeling ever" to return to Manchester United, despite reports he is interested in leaving the club once more.

The France international signed for United in 2016 for an initial fee of £89.3million, a world record at the time, four years after he left the club to join Juventus on a free transfer.

Pogba has always maintained he feels at home at Old Trafford but reports of a difficult relationship with manager Jose Mourinho have led to the midfielder being linked with moves away, possibly to Barcelona or old club Juve.

However, Pogba has underlined how happy he was to rejoin United, suggesting another departure is not in his thoughts.

"When I came back to United, it was the best feeling ever," he told Inside United.

"I came back home. I always dreamed of playing for United, to have many games and score goals. Nothing had really changed, except for maybe the team and the manager, but the rest of the club was the same.

"I just came back home, it was like I didn’t really leave – I just went on holiday! It was a great feeling to come back home.

"It was great to come back, to feel the air of Manchester. That has never changed."

The Premier League has announced the appointment of Susanna Dinnage as its new chief executive.

Dinnage, known best for her role as global president of the Discovery network's Animal Planet, will assume her new role early in the new year.

She replaces Richard Scudamore, who confirmed in June that he would be stepping down after 19 years as the Premier League's executive chairman.

"We had a very strong field, but Susanna was the outstanding choice given her track record in managing complex businesses through transformation and digital disruption," said Bruce Buck, chairman of Chelsea and the Premier League's Nominations Committee.

"She is a leading figure in the broadcasting industry, a proven business executive and a great developer of people. She is ideally suited to the role and we are confident she will be able to take the Premier League on to new heights.

"Richard Scudamore, having provided exceptional stewardship for almost 20 years, will leave us at the end of the year in great shape and with an excellent executive team and board able to fully support Susanna."

Dinnage added: "I am excited at the prospect of taking on this fantastic role.

"The Premier League means so much to so many people. It represents the pinnacle of professional sport and the opportunity to lead such a dynamic and inspirational organisation is a great privilege.

"With the support of clubs and the team, I look forward to extending the success of the League for many years to come."

Glenn Murray has extended his contract with Brighton and Hove Albion until the end of the 2019-20 season.

The striker, who has scored six times in the Premier League this season, would have seen his previous deal expire next year.

"We are delighted to have extended Glenn's contract. He has proved a vital member of the team and his goals have been crucial to us," said Brighton manager Chris Hughton, via the club's official website.

"Glenn has scored consistently for us, first in helping us win promotion, and now in the Premier League as we seek to establish ourselves at the top level. 

"He's proved himself at the very top late in his career, and his professionalism and approach on and off the pitch is a big factor in why he's still doing it now."

Murray scored his 100th Brighton goal to secure a 1-0 win over Wolves at the end of last month.

The 35-year-old first played for the club between 2008 and 2011 before returning in 2016.

Wayne Rooney has ruled out a loan move to the Premier League in January and intends to end his playing career in the United States.

Rooney joined DC United in June and helped take them from the foot of MLS' Eastern Conference to the play-offs, where they lost in the first round to Columbus Crew.

With his season now over, the 33-year-old has been linked with a short-term switch to England but he has no desire to uproot his family again.

"I think I made the decision to go to the States and when I make a decision I tend to stick with it. It's important I give my full commitment to DC," he said.

"I've seen talk about a loan move back here, which I'm not prepared to do. My family are settled there, my children go to school there now and it wouldn't be fair to move them back and forth."

Rooney signed a three-and-a-half-year contract when he left Everton for DC and believes it will be his final destination in a glittering playing career that saw him win five Premier League crowns, an FA Cup and a Champions League title during a 13-year spell at Manchester United.

He added: "I'll finish my career there."

Rooney, England's record goalscorer, will make his 120th and final international appearance in a friendly against the USA on Thursday, with some of the proceeds from the match going to his charity foundation.

Leroy Sane said it was a "pity" that Mesut Ozil no longer plays for Germany after being asked about his former international team-mate by a fearless student on Tuesday.

Arsenal star Ozil announced he was leaving international football in July after accusing German Football Federation (DFB) president Reinhard Grindel of discrimination and "incompetence".

The outburst came after the midfielder felt he had been unfairly targeted for criticism following his meeting in May with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Germany held their media conference ahead of a friendly with Russia on Thursday at a school in Leipzig, with Sane put on the spot about Ozil's absence from the squad by a budding reporter.

"For me personally, it's a pity," he said.

"I would have liked to have played with him for a bit longer, as a footballer and as a good friend.

"Unfortunately, it is not like this anymore, but I think we have some more good players here, who I understand well and can learn a lot from."

Sane was not the only one to be asked an awkward question, with one student probing Manuel Neuer on his preference between Pep Guardiola and Germany boss Joachim Low.

Neuer, who played under Guardiola at Bayern Munich between 2013 and 2016, gracefully sidestepped the question, leaving Sane – who was signed by the Spaniard for Manchester City in 2016 – to deliver a diplomatic response.

"I think they are both very good coaches and both have already gained a lot of experience," he said.

"They both have their game philosophies and I think both have been very successful in recent years.

"I think it's really hard to say who is better."

Germany face Netherlands in the Nations League four days after their meeting with Russia.

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