Derek Llambias has revealed in the Evening Chronicle today, that Newcastle United are set to offer a new contract to captain Michael Owen.
Derek Llambias – reveals new offer will be made to Michael Owen
The initial contract offer that Newcastle made to Michael was withdrawn on January 1st, but it looks like Newcastle are set to make another bid to retain their famous England striker, and that’s got to be good news for Newcastle fans.
Of course Michael is currently injured again with an ankle problem, but plans to return to the Newcastle side at the end of this month, so he’ not too far away from being able to help the team fight the relegation battle ahead.
The former Liverpool and Real Madrid star has been linked with moves away from Tyneside and there were reports that Manchester City were after him, and quite honestly it’s a decent bet that he will move to join Shay Given at Eastlands, as a free agent this summer.
Managing Director Derek Llambias told the Evening Chronicle today:
“We offered Michael a new contract and he has chosen to walk away and think about his future.”
“It’s not on the table any more after January 1st. But we’ll be sitting down with him again soon and seeing what he wants to do.”
“It’s difficult – he’s a goalscorer who has 10 already this season in the games he’s played.”
“It’s down to Michael.” “He’s done his term here, and it was lucrative, but he’s decided he wants to wait until the end of the season.”
“So it’s a case of watch this space.”
We seem to have gone from famine to feast this week with the inside news on Newcastle United.
Having not been told anything about what’s been going on at the club for months, Derek this week has unloaded lots of information to Newcastle fans, and we’re not complaining.
It’s good to know what’s going on behind the scenes, and what the thinking of the Ashley regime is.
It would be a surprise if we could keep Michael at the club, since he’s a name known throughout the football world, and will help us to attract good players to the club.
However, we had already made up our minds he would be one of the high wage-earners leaving the club in the summer, since he seems to play so few games because of injury.
If Derek can unload all the news on the inside thinking of the club once a month – like he has done this week – that would be very good.