Michael Owen insists he is happy at Newcastle United follwoing claims by England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson that he did not enjoy playing for the Magpies.

But Owen, who is recovering from the fractured metatarsal he suffered in December, told Newcastle’s website: “I am enjoying my time here.

“There is nothing like being in the Premiership and I have not been disappointed since I have been here.”

Owen joined Newcastle in a £16m summer move from Real Madrid and arrived to a hero’s welcome.

He added: “It was a fantastic reception I had here and I have loved every minute of it already.

“You always want to repay the fans for the support they have given you in producing good performances on the pitch. When I am fit I am sure I will do that.

“I have plenty of mates in the dressing room and the people have been great to me up here.

“I enjoyed my time at Real Madrid, but there is nothing like coming into a dressing room where you understand all the jokes and everything else.”

Owen is expected to be out for up to two more months – but he has just resiumed light training.

“I’ve had the stitches out, the cast is off, and it’s all go now,” he added.

“I am looking at my next targets now. The next one is getting on the bike, then the treadmill, running, and then kicking the ball again.

“As much as it still seems a few weeks away, I am looking forward to it already. I can see light at the end of the tunnel.

“Thankfully I am going to be back for a decent part of the season and hopefully back into a team playing well. I’m excited about coming back already.

“I’m pleased with when I have played. This has been a bit of a blow but I’m striving to get back on the pitch as quick as possible and bang in the goals again.”

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