Ex-Red Owen linked with retirement

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Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen will retire at the end of the season, frustrated with his footballing career, according to reports.

Owen, who left Liverpool in 2004 for Real Madrid, has not scored for Newcastle Utd since the start of January and has recently found it difficult to hold down a first team place since the arrival of caretaker boss, Alan Shearer.

He was also recently dropped from the starting line-up for Newcastle’s recent game at Liverpool.

Reports suggest Owen is disappointed and disillusioned with where his career has gone after a promising start as a youngster at Anfield and for England.

But Magpies boss Alan Shearer, who was at Anfield last night for the Hillsborough Memorial Game, has laughed off the suggestions that his striker will retire this summer.

He says, “He doesn’t need it, doesn’t deserve it. The stories out are totally ludicrous and untrue as far as he’s concerned, and he has laughed them off.

“He always has the chance to have the last laugh. My mind will never change with Michael Owen – if you give him chances, eventually he will score goals, I have no doubt about that.”

Meanwhile Owen’s contract at St James’ Park expires at the end of this season, and Shearer isn’t confident he will be staying in the North-East.

‘œI am 100% certain he will have a future in the Premier League,’ Shearer continued. ‘œBut as to where that will be, here or elsewhere, that’s for a discussion at the end of the season.’

Rafa Benitez has already publicly ruled out a move to bring Owen back to Anfield.

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