Thursday, November 23, 2017

Owen keen to remain at Old Trafford

Veteran striker Michael Owen is hoping his stay at Manchester United will be extended beyond this season.

Owen, 31, signed a two-year-deal when he joined the Old Trafford outfit on a free transfer from Newcastle United in 2009, but now has less than six months running on his contract.

The forward has netted 13 goals in 37 matches during an injury-plagued stint with Sir Alex Ferguson’s side, but still remains hopeful of signing a new deal.

“I am not sure about my future yet – my contract expires at the end of this season,” Owen told the club’s official website.

“I’ve made no secret that, in an ideal world, I would extend my stay. I would love to play here for longer, but I will just wait and see what the club say. We’ve not held any talks yet.”

Owen is in contention to play for his side against Chelsea in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

Second-half goals to David Luiz and Frank Lampard gave the Blues a 2-1 victory in the last meeting between the two sides in March, but Owen believes United can reverse the scoreline this time around.

“Since I’ve been at the club the games at Stamford Bridge have been odd. We don’t get outplayed there, that’s for sure,” he said.

“Unfortunately we haven’t had many good results, though. I’m sure our luck will change at some point.”

“In the league last month we were 1-0 up and put on one of the finest displays of football Stamford Bridge has probably seen from a visiting team. I don’t think many teams go to Chelsea and play like that.”

“Then they got back into the game from nothing, really. Maybe we were a little guilty of contributing to our own downfall but we won’t let that happen again.”

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