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Former Newcastle United striker Michael Owen says his move from Real Madrid into the Magpies has been a”downward measure” along with the”one that I really regret”.
Even the captain signed for # 17m 2005 – later joining Real from 17, a year – but injuries limited him in four decades to 79 appearances.
“I should’ve followed my gut instincts,” Owen says in his newest book, reboot – My Life, My Timing.
“I didn’t need to go there – my heart has been set on a return to Liverpool.”
In his book, which has been serialised in the Daily Mirror, Owen says the offer of Newcastle could not be matched by the Reds 14 decades ago, so he agreed his switch to St James’ Park.
“From a career perspective, there was not any doubt in my head that a move to the North East was a downward measure,” added that the 39-year-old, that played for Manchester United and Stoke City before retiring in 2013.
“As unpalatable as that opinion could be to Newcastle fans, that’s more or less exactly what I believed.”
Even the 2001 Ballon d’Or winner had a strained relationship with then Magpies chairman Freddy Shepherd, that worsened when he was filmed stating that he would”take Michael Owen back to Anfield”.
“Freddy was only doing what most of the fans always do at almost every football team,” said Owen. “They think their team is 10% bigger and their staff is currently 10% greater than it actually is.
“This sort of delusion is especially true of Newcastle United – that, as I reach for the nearest tin hatis a big club in the sense it has a lot of fans and a big stadium”
Owen said the minute his relationship with all the Magpies’ supporters was”irreparably impaired” came after he was jeered as he was carried off on a stretcher after being knocked unconscious in their 1-1 draw at Watford in May 2007.
“When I got home, I changed on Match of the Day to see the sport and that I could hear Newcastle fans, my lovers, singing:’What a waste of money,'” he added.
“I can’t deny their activities that day changed things for me.”
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