Michael Owen has pledged his future to Newcastle United yesterday and ruled out the possibility of a move to Manchester City or a return to Liverpool.
Owen, who has been the subject of almost constant transfer speculation since he arrived on Tyneside 18 months ago, insists he is enjoying life at Newcastle.
“I believe action speaks louder than words, I’m still here and still loving my time here,” said Owen, who denied he had been offered a new contract by Newcastle. “A month hasn’t gone by without somebody saying I’m going here, there and everywhere.
“I feel sorry for the fans rather than myself. It must be frustrating for them reading about this club and that club. I’m still here and looking forward to our next game [against Portsmouth] and continuing the season with Newcastle. I’ve said numerous times that I’m happy here, but speculation has followed me since I’ve been here. I say the right things and play in the right way by trying my best, so I don’t know where it comes from.”
Newcastle’s manager, Sam Allardyce, has mentioned the possibility of trying to extend Owen’s contract which has 18 months left on it, but he has delayed talks until the end of the season.
“I don’t know where the stories come from,” Owen continued. “They come leading up to the summer or the transfer window, but this one [City] came earlier than expected. It seems no matter what I do or say, there will be a story linking me with somewhere else.”