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Owen rules out Toon exit
12 Jul 2007 - 09:13:07
Newcastle United striker Michael Owen has rejected continuing speculation linking him with a move away from the club this summer, saying he wants to prove himself at St James' Park.
The 27-year-old England international has played just 14 times for the Magpies since his £16million arrival from Real Madrid two years ago and just wants to get a full season under his belt.
He told The Times: "I believe that these can be good times to be at Newcastle, which is why I am more than happy to be here.
"There has been plenty of speculation about my future, but I can assure the Newcastle fans that I didn't start any of it.
"There was a lot of talk from other quarters and my attitude to rumour has always been to ignore it.
"I prefer to let my actions speak for themselves and I just wish there had been more opportunities to show the Newcastle fans what I am capable of.
"I am sure that is to come this season."
Owen is back to full fitness after sustaining a serious knee injury while on World Cup duty with England just over a year ago, having made just three appearances for Toon last season.
He also featured for the national team in the prestige friendly against Brazil at the beginning of June, before scoring in the 3-0 Euro 2008 qualifying win in Estonia.