There are reports in the People that Michael Owen will leave Newcastle, because of the poor contract he is being offered by the club.
Michael Owen – going nowhere
And there is also a report in the Sunday Mirror that says almost the opposite, and that Newcastle have made a dramatic about turn, and issued a statement saying they will give Michael a new improved contract, but we could not see any such statement on the Newcastle official web site. Surely the Mirror hasn’t made this up. 😀
It was bound to happen, after Newcastle decided to sell James Milner for a good price, rather than give into his demands for an improved contract. Everyone now thinks what happens now with Michael’s contract?
But we think this is different to James, because as Kevin said on Friday, once a player issues a transfer request that puts a whole new light on the situation.
And one thing is clear with Ashley, he will not keep players, or bring players in, who do not want to play for Newcastle United. That’s what a transfer request signals – and that’s why James was moved out.
We think Milner had no idea Newcastle would sell him, and it was only a ploy to get Newcastle to give him an improved contract – and it backfired. (We still would have liked to keep him, even so).
Michael hasn’t asked for a transfer, seems to just love playing under Keegan, and has done Newcastle proud since January.
If there’s one thing Mike Ashley isn’t, it’s a fool and we fully expect him to stay at Newcastle. And we fully expect the gossip press to sensationally report on the goings on – like they have done today.
Don’t believe a word of it – until the club has said something.