The contract talks between Newcastle United and Michael Owen are currently taking place.
Â Michael Owen – Newcastle United captain
Michael Owen has recently been handed the Newcastle captaincy for next season, after doing so well last season, when he took over the reigns as club captain.
As every Newcastle fan is aware, Michael has just one year left on the lucrative contract he signed 3 years ago, when he first arrived on Tyneside, from Real Madrid in a Â£17M deal.
And there is no doubt in anybody’s minds that Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan is keen for Michael to sign his new deal this summer.
Keegan talked about this yesterday:
â€œIâ€™m not involved in talks, itâ€™s down to Dennis Wise and Tony Jiminez.” â€œHe wants to stay and we want to keep him. I hope weâ€™ll sort it within two or three weeks.â€
“They are two things in our favor. I hope it will be sorted out in the next couple of weeks. He’s a leader for us in the way he trains, the way he leads by example.”
“He’s not one to shout and bawl and wave his fists about but he shows people how to play the game properly and that’s the kind of captain I like.”
At 28 years-old, and after a great football career since he first broke into the Liverpool first team at 17 years old back in1997, this contract could well be the last major one of his career.
It takes him to 32 years-old, if it’s a 4 year contract as expected.
But Kevin Keegan wants to keep him, Newcastle United want to keep him, and the player himself is more than keen to lead the team under his new manager, who he has more than once referred to as being a great manager and a great guy.
It’s those three reasons why we think the Tyneside club will sign Michael – even if it will still take a couple of weeks.