OWEN STALLS ON NEW DEAL

Michael Owen stalls on new newcastle dealMichael Owen is likely to remain at Newcastle United for this season but the England international has decided not to sign a new contract, at least for the time being.

The striker, who turned 29 recently, has been linked with a number of other Premier League clubs and it’s thought his refusal to sign a new deal may be due to the fact that he’s been unable to force his way in to Fabio Capello’s England thinking.

Owen has issued a statement on the matter which read:

DIARRA REAL MADRID Following speculation about my future at Newcastle United, I have decided to make it clear that I am committed to the club until at least the end of this season, and I have informed them I do not want to make a decision about my future until that time.



I am happy here and enjoy the challenge. It is simply a matter of seriously thinking about my future as I was 29 last week and my next career decision is a crucial one.

My decision is not about money. I told the club some months ago that I would accept a reduction in my wages.

I have no intention of leaving Newcastle United during the January transfer window and want to assure the fans that under Joe Kinnear’s passionate management, I am committed to ensuring the club ends the season on a high.



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