Owen keen to stay in Premier League
Michael Owen wants to remain in the Premier League, with Stoke among those interested
Michael Owen is still holding out hope of a future in the Barclays Premier League.
The former England striker was released by Manchester United at the end of last season and has since been linked with a host of clubs. Stoke have emerged as his most determined suitors, with manager Tony Pulis and Owen's former England team-mate Peter Crouch both encouraging the 32-year-old to join them at the Britannia Stadium.
With almost two weeks of the transfer window remaining, Owen is keeping his options open, but he admits his desire is to continue to play Premier League football. He told Sky Sports 1: "I'm wanting to play and eager to start again. I just wish the fans on my Twitter account were running the clubs, then I'd sign for anyone I wanted!"
Owen went on: "I want to play in the best possible team. If it was local to my house, excellent. I want to play more often, but that's not written in the contract. I don't really want to play in the Championship, I know I can still play in the Premier League and can still score goals.
"Obviously the question mark for any potential buyers is injuries but I just need a good run of games and I just didn't have that at Manchester United. I need to regularly train and play.
"There's been interest from all corners of the Earth, every nation you can think of - Germany, Italy, Spain, Turkey. My ideal is the Premier League, I want to play in the Premier League - then it's whoever's the best team, then things like location, the deal, different things will play a part."
Alongside football, horse racing has played an increased role in Owen's life in recent years, with his interest in owning and breeding horses - his colt Brown Panther won June's King George V Stakes at Royal Ascot.
But he insists his passion for raceday will never supplant football in his affections, even when his playing days are over.
"Football will always be my main passion and horse racing is a distant second," he said.
"But footballers are often criticised for not planning ahead, you hear terrible stories about when footballers retire, about depression or having nothing to turn to, so it's about planning for life after football as well."
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He loves football and does not want to stop trying. It's easy to poke fun at injury plagued players when all they want is to play the game they love.
Good luck Owen, hope you find a team that will give you a chance.
And yet people support some football team because supporters are brainwashed. £40 million to transfer a football player to another club ?
The hell is wrong with you people!!!
Fair play to him :)
He will end up at Stoke, cos its only 30 mins from where he lives, he would probably get a game every week at Stoke, and his mate is here Crouchy, so we shall see.
Owen was a quality striker. He is now at the tail end of his career and if he wants to go out on a high and prove that he is not ruled by money then he should sign for any side in the premiership that is willing to sign him.
He can then play his heart out and have a swan song that would befit a great striker.
If Owen doesnt do this he will be known as the striker that had it all but turned into a mercinary.
Do the right thing Michael. Go out on a high playing regular football and scoring goals.