NewcastleKevin Keegan fully expects Michael Owen to stay at the club, beyond next summer when his deal expires.

michael owenKevin Keegan has spoken out about Michael Owen’s future at Newcastle. The Newcastle manager is confident that Owen will stay at the club and has passed the responsibility to the chairman, Chris Mort, to sort the deal out.

Owen joined Newcastle from Real Madrid in 2005, but has suffered from injury for large periods since arriving. This season he has made 25 appearances, prior to which he had accumulated just 14 appearances since the move. In his 25 appearances this term, Owen has scored a total of 10 goals, with 8 in the league.

Since his latest return from injury, Owen has struggled to make an impact at club level and on the International stage. Despite assurances from Capello that he figures in his plans, he is certainly no longer the first choice striker he once was. Owen is currently the fourth highest England goal scorer of all time with 40 goals.

Kevin Keegan:

Kevin Keegan I have made it absolutely clear what I think should be done, and I have passed that on to him (chairman).

He will handle that now so any questions about that will be between Chris Mort and Michael’s advisor’s.

But my feeling is, genuinely, that he wants to be here, he wants to help lead this club for the next few years.

newcastleI don’t want to tempt providence, but I think that is a deal that will be done as soon as they get together, really. I don’t think it will take long.

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