Michael Owen admits he was stunned to hear that Jose Antonio Camacho was quitting as Real Madrid boss just three games into the season.

“There’s no doubt this has come as a shock. It’s strange but everyone has assured me it is not the norm for this to happen so soon,” Owen told The Sun.

“I seemed to be playing more and more under Camacho even though I know it was only three games.

“It’s disappointing but it’s part of football. Players and managers come and go – you just have to get on with it.”

In his last game as Real manager, Camacho dropped Real’s talismanic striker Raul in favour of Owen. But following the manager’s resignation, Owen was dropped for Mariano Garcia Remon’s first game in charge.

Despite the trials and tribulations of his first few weeks in Spain, Owen remains confident he can force his way into the first team at Madrid.

“I’m new to the country and new to the club but I’ll show some good form soon if I get the chance,” he added.

“I’d love to get my first goal under my belt. There’s no pressure then.

“There are four strikers here and any one of us can perform with each other.”