Michael Owen has today angrily denied a Daily Mail report he has already decided to turn down his new Newcastle United contract.
We said earlier this morning not to take any notice of that report, and it just shows there is not much ethics in the way the gossip papers report football news.
Owen’s advisers only got the contract on Monday and talked to Newcastle officials yesterday, so they are still trying to take in the main points of the contract.
However, Owen seems to be open to other bids next month, and to us that’s not good, if indeed it is true.
A source close to Owen said today:
“Despite what some reports may be saying, Michael has not rejected Newcastle United’s offer.”
“His advisers are working through it, and they’ll respond accordingly.”
“However, as the in the case of Frank Lampard at Chelsea, these things aren’t done overnight.”
Manchester City, could afford Owen’s wages, but Steve bruce said this morning they could come nowhere near what Michael earns, and Everton couldn’t match Michael’s wages since their top wage (£45k/week) is about half what Michael is said to have been offered by Newcastle (£90K/week).
Oh and by the way Everton are currently the best team out of the top four, so big money doesn’t always guarantee success in football, but a good manager, like David Moyes does.
However, Owen has developed a definite affinity with the Newcastle faithful, and we still think he will sign for the club, sooner rather than later. and it says something that he has come out so quickly and denied he has turned down the offer – at least he seems to care.
He was almost as quick as we were to say today’s report in the Daily Mail by Colin Young was ridiculous – shame on them. 😀
The source went on:
“Michael’s let it be known that he’s flattered by Newcastle’s desire to keep him at St James’s Park, and it’s no coincidence that he has re-discovered his best form recently and started scoring goals again.
“Anyone who saw his face when he put Newcastle in front at Portsmouth will see how committed her is to lifting the club up the Premier League table.
“Like the rest of the Newcastle team, he was buoyed not just by the result against Portsmouth, but the manner in which is was achieved.”
“Michael’s training for the Spurs game, and this is what he’s focusing on.”
“He’s letting his advisors look at the financial aspects, and even though he knows some of the figures which are being bandied about are wide of the mark.”
“He’s just concentrating on staying fit and doing what he does best, and that’s scoring goals.”
That’s good to hear about the Newcastle captain, but we’d still prefer that he not let this thing go into January, when most wealthy English clubs will want to sign him for nothing in the summer.
As we said earlier today, the last thing we want to see is another soap opera at the club – please spare us that Michael.