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Carew committed to Villa Park stay
Published : 08 Jun 2009 10:01:02
Carew is reported to also be on Mark Hughes's radar following his £12million capture of Villa midfielder Gareth Barry. The Norway international was in outstanding form after returning from a back problem in February and finished as Villa's leading scorer for the second season running with 15 goals. Carew said: "There are always rumours when the window opens. One week it could be me, one week it could be Ashley Young or whoever. "But I am so happy here. I love everyone here. I don't see any reason for anything else to happen. "I know I am part of the manager's plans. Rumours that come up, we can't do anything about that. I am happy here. I can't see why I should move. "I am used to speculation. I have been in the game so many years. I take it as a compliment if clubs are looking at you but I don't relate to it at all. I am happy here. "That is what is important for me. I have got the current games with the national team and then we are back in early July for pre-season training." Villa boss Martin O'Neill is being linked with a summer move for out-of-contract Newcastle striker Michael Owen. But it would mean taking their wage structure to a new level to match Owen's current six-figure salary - or for the one-time England striker to take a pay cut. Villa showed their intentions when they offered Barry £80,000 a week to sign a new deal before he opted to make the switch to Eastlands.