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Former Newcastle United striker Michael Owen says that his move from Real Madrid to the Magpies was a“down step“ and the“one I actually regret“.
Even the ex-England captain signed for # 17m 2005 – a year after joining Real from Liverpool – but injuries limited him in four decades.
„I should’ve followed my gut instincts,“ Owen says in his new book, re – My Life, My Time.
„I didn’t want to move there – my heart was set on a return to Liverpool.“
Owen states the Reds could not match the deal of Newcastle so he reluctantly consented his switch into St James’ Park.
„From a career standpoint, there was not any doubt in my mind that a move into the North East had been a downward step,“ added that the 39-year-old, that played for Manchester United and Stoke City before retiring in 2013.
„As unpalatable as that comment might be to Newcastle fans, that’s more or less exactly what I felt.“
The 2001 Ballon d’Or winner had a strained relationship with afterward Magpies chairman Freddy Shepherd, that worsened when he was filmed stating he would“take Michael Owen back to Anfield“.
„Freddy was just doing what all of the fans constantly do at nearly every football team,“ said Owen. „They believe their team is 10% bigger and their team is currently 10% better than it really is.
„This kind of blind delusion is especially true of Newcastle United – which, as I reach for the nearest tin hatis just a large club in the sense that it has lots of fans and a major stadium“
Owen explained the moment his connection with the Magpies’ supporters was“reluctantly diminished“ arrived when he was jeered as he had been taken off on a stretcher after being knocked unconscious in their 1-1 draw at Watford in May 2007.
„Once I got home, I changed Match of the Day to see the game and that I could listen to Newcastle lovers, my lovers, singing:’What a waste of money,'“ he added.
„I can’t deny their actions that day changed things for me personally.“
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