Real Madrid striker Michael Owen has revealed that he is happy at the club, despite reports suggesting that he wants to return to England.
The former Liverpool player again came off the bench to score for Madrid at the weekend, and Owen has admitted he is frustrated at his lack of first-team chances .
“I’m always going to say I want to play more minutes but that doesn’t mean I’m unhappy being a substitute,” he said.
“It wasn’t a great goal, but neither was the game, grounds like this are always difficult,” Owen added.
“I’m happy with my goal because it was a vital goal for the win and even more so after what Barcelona did (beating Real Zaragoza 4-1 on Saturday).
“This could be a decisive result at the end of the season.
“Even when we were losing, I was confident we could win and now we all have very positive feelings.”
Owen had earlier hinted in the News of the World newspaper that he may leave Real Madrid to protect his international place.
“Sometimes I feel I am happy then the next week I might be on the bench and I am a bit low in myself again,” he told The News of The World.
“It is frustrating and isn’t the best way to prepare for the next World Cup.”
“The first manager came along and I never started that much. But the more he was here the more I played,” the striker said.
“Then the second manager came and he went back to the normal 11 that everyone associated with.
“But I had eight or nine games on the spin and scored seven goals on the bounce. I was doing all right and then he left and now I am back to where I was again.
“It has not been ideal but it looks as if this manager is here to stay so I will keep plugging away.”
Luxemburgo told the Sunday Times that he sympathised with Owen.
“He is bound to get angry and feel sad but I can say Owen will play more,” he commented. “Raul and Ronaldo are not always going to start every game.
“I like Owen a lot in training, he is always willing, ready to listen to things. He is a bit introverted but he has got character.”