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Real Madrid’s Arrigo Sacchi has revealed that the have received no approach from Newcastle for Michael Owen and have no plans to sell the England striker.

Reports in England on Sunday claimed that Newcastle had enquired about the possibility of taking Owen on loan until the end of the season, but suggested that Real had rejected the offer.

It was also claimed that Newcastle were interested in signing Owen on a permanent basis in the summer, regarding him as a long-term successor to Alan Shearer who is due to retire from the game at the end of the season.

However, according to Real director of football, Arrigo Sacchi, there has been no bid for Owen, although the former Milan coach did confirm that Newcastle did attempt to sign Fernando Morientes before the Spanish international joined Liverpool.

“The contact with Newcastle was only about Morientes and never for Owen or any other player,” Sacchi told skysports.com

“At this moment Owen is a very important player for us and the coach does not want the exit of any other players.

“Owen is happy and he is more settled in Madrid.”

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