Keegan Wants To Build Newcastle Team Around Owen

Kevin Keegan has come out today and said he is desperate to keep Newcastle captain Michael Owen at the club, so that he can build a Newcastle United side around him.

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Kevin with Michael – we can do it together

The 28-year-old is enjoying a run of 17 games since becoming Newcastle’s record signing back in August, 2005 and Michael has also scored a goal in each of Newcastle’s last 4 games.

Owen is just one goal ahead of Oba Martins with 10 goals, at the head of Newcastle’s goal-scoring list for the season, and he’s also scored 3 goals for England.

Kevin talked about his captain to Newcastle World TV today:

“Michael is a wonderful player,” “I’m desperate to make sure we keep him here for a lot longer because you can build a team around players like him.”

“He’s in a fantastic run of form at the moment and looks like scoring a goal every time he goes out onto the football field.”

Certainly Newcastle Chairman Chris Mort had said much the same thing yesterday, when he said he thought Michael was enjoying his football under new boss Kevin Keegan.

Chris said yesterday:

“I think all the players are enjoying playing under Kevin,” “You can see that in the way they play and I would imagine Michael was in that camp as well.”“He seems to be enjoying his game.”

“He has got his contract this year and next year but it obviously makes sense to sit down with Michael and secure him for the long term if we can.”

“I know Kevin is very fond of Michael so I would hope we could sit down and do something.”

From what we hear from Michael, he is also keen to commit himself to Newcastle, so we don’t really foresee any problems on that front.

Newcastle will also have to secure Steven Taylor on a long-term contract during the summer, so there’s plenty of work for the club to complete, since we also expect lots of movement in the transfer market.

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