Michael Owen has hinted he is ready to extend his stay at Manchester United beyond next season.
The striker, 30, will miss the rest of this season through injury but, despite playing second fiddle to an inspired Wayne Rooney for most of this campaign, Owen has revealed his delight at his Old Trafford career so far.
The former Liverpool, Real Madrid and Newcastle forward, who scored nine times in 34 appearances for United this term before suffering a hamstring injury in the Carling Cup final win over Aston Villa, is on a two-year deal which expires at the end of next season but has an option to extend that to 2012 - an option Owen appears ready to grab with both hands.
'I'm just looking to next season now,' said Owen. 'I've got another year left on my contract here and have the option of a third as well. I've had a great time at United and I am really looking forward to being back next season.'
Premature end: Michael Owen hobbles off in the Carling Cup final
Owen also revealed he is making progress after his latest injury setback - but that it is a slow process.
'I had the operation two weeks ago so I'm going to be on crutches for six weeks now.,' he said. 'I'm not allowed to do anything on it for six weeks, so I am definitely out for the season.'
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