Former Newcastle number 9, Malcolm Macdonald, has given an interview with the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today.
Michael Owen – in contract talks with Newcastle
Malcolm has urged Newcastle United to secure Michael Owen to a long term future at the Tyneside club, as soon as they can.
There have been reports that Manchester United may want the England striker, with Ronaldo possibly on his way to Real Madrid.
Also, Louis Saha, who seems to always be out injured, and who was on loan to Newcastle in early 1999, is almost certain to leave the Red Devils this summer.
Certainly Michael seemed to return to his old form under Kevin Keegan last season, and not only played very well for the club, but also started to regularly score goals.
He has 20 goals for Newcastle in just 41 starts for the club, over the last 3 seasons.
Malcolm told the Evening Chronicle today:
â€œIf Sir Alex Ferguson does lose Ronaldo, it would not surprise me in the least if he came to Newcastle for Owen,â€
â€œHe will have plenty of money, but he may well look at Owenâ€™s situation at St Jamesâ€™ Park, and wonder if he can pick him up on the cheap.â€
â€œBecause of his goal-scoring record, Sir Alex must know that Owen would be a great short-term signing.â€
â€œAnd he must know that Owen, with the support and service he would get at Old Trafford, is more than capable of chipping in with 20 goals.â€
â€œThis would certainly go some way in compensating for any loss of Ronaldo.â€
Michael Owen now has only 12 months left on his initial 4 year contract.
This is a difficult time for the club, because the player could simply run down his contract for 12 months, and the club would get nothing for him, or we can sell him, but wouldn’t get his full value â€“ because he could run out his contract.
So it works both ways for the player and against the cub, when contracts are allowed to get within a year or so of running out.
â€œThe rules make it easy for footballers these days, as they all seem to come down on the side of the players.â€
â€œMichael Owen is not a kid â€“ or a mug. And he has to do what is best for himself.â€
But we think that Michael is more than happy if he can get a decent contract sorted out, to stay at Newcastle.
He obviously loves playing for Kevin Keegan, and he also seems to thrive on being the captain of such a famous club.
We’ll be very happy to see Michael at Newcastle for a a good few seasons yet.