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I'll cope with Arnautovic - Hughes

Stoke manager Mark Hughes has said he believes he will be able to ensure that Marko Arnautovic makes the right kind of impact at the Britannia Stadium.

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Arnautovic has been involved in controversies in the past.

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Hughes brought Austria international Arnautovic, who has had a controversial past, to the Potteries in a £2.6 million deal from Werder Bremen.

Arnautovic, 24, was described as a "little boy" after falling out with Inter Milan manager Jose Mourinho and was disciplined for fighting with a team-mate on the training ground at Bremen.

Hughes said he accepted that the signing could be seen as something of a risk, but added: "He's a young man who's obviously had a few issues in the past, but I was really impressed with him.

"I think Marko is a character, and everybody bemoans the fact there are not enough characters in the game. He's got a personality that I suppose on occasions will need managing, but I've had difficult customers before and it's never fazed me.

"Having met him face-to-face, he's a young man who has a point to prove. People will very quickly see what an outstanding talent he is.

"In terms of his power and pace, which is something I think we need in the squad, he ticks all the boxes. Technically, he's excellent, and I'm really looking forward to working with him. I think it's quite a coup to get him here.”

Hughes said he also believed he could get Stephen Ireland's career back on track after signing the midfielder -- who played for him at Manchester City -- on a season-long loan from Aston Villa.

"There's a lot of reasons why it hasn't gone well for him, and it's got nothing to do with him as a player or a person,” he said.

"Circumstances changed [at Villa] and managers went. He just needs to get his career back on track where he will get given game time. His fitness is a bit short at the moment because he hasn't had much game time since January."


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