Owen quit claim rubbished

15 May 2009 07:37
Michael Owen's representatives have rubbished reports that the Newcastle United striker is preparing to walk away from football at the end of the season. Owen, 29, was reported to be considering the prospect of hanging up his boots in order to become a racehorse trainer when his Magpies contract expires in the summer. However, his management company insist the story is nonsense and they claim the former Liverpool and Real Madrid striker is determined to get his career back on track. "Any suggestion or unfounded speculation that Michael Owen has any intention of quitting football is totally untrue and wrong," read a statement from the Wasserman Media Group. "Michael remains as committed to his football career as he ever has been and is deeply and professionally offended that anyone should suggest otherwise." Owen's four-year spell on Tyneside has been dogged by injury and the current out-of-favour England striker has started less than 60 Premier League games for the Magpies. His future with Newcastle does remains unclear though after the former European footballer of the year put talks over a new contract on hold until the end of the season back in January. "Michael Owen has instructed lawyers this evening and will take action against any publication which he feels inaccurately or unfairly suggested he is quitting football and is damaging to his professional reputation," added the statement.

Source: ESA