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Shepherd calls for loyalty
24 Dec 2008 - 10:11:10
Former Newcastle United chairman Freddy Shepherd believes Michael Owen should show some loyalty to the club and spend at least one more season on Tyneside.
The former Liverpool striker is out of contract in the summer and has released a statement saying he will wait until the end of the season before deciding whether to stay at St James' Park.
Shepherd signed Owen from Real Madrid for £17million in 2005 since when the striker has endured an injury-ravaged spell.
Shepherd said: "He's been injured a lot of the time since I signed him and he's barely played one in four games that he could have done had he been fit. He owes Newcastle another year.
"He should remember what the club did for him, especially after his World Cup injury in 2006 in Germany. We looked after him and ensured he had the best care for the next year.
"I personally went to Sepp Blatter, the FIFA president, and as a result we got the international insurance changed to cover not just £50,000 of a player's wages but £100,000.
"Michael won't want to hear what I'm saying but that's the way it is. They say there's no loyalty in football any more but this is an extreme case.
"He's been very well paid, handsomely paid, for four years and there should be some return for Newcastle. There should at least be a thread of loyalty."