Michael Owen has denied reports that he could be leaving Real Madrid.

Owen has hardly featured in either of Real’s games since the winter break leading to suggestions he is not in the plans of new coach Wanderley Luxemburgo.

But Owen insists that reports claiming that he is set for a return to England, have just been mischief-making on the part of the press

“Since Christmas it has been all change at the club, but I don’t think the new coach has seen me play, so I don’t know how some English papers have come to that conclusion” he said.

“I haven’t seen it suggested in Spain, but obviously it is an interesting story for the English papers and they sometimes write what they like.

“We haven’t played much football since the winter break, so it is hard for the manager to see yet what I can do or the rest of the players can do.”