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Kinnear remains hopeful of Owen stay

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear insists there is still a long-term future for Michael Owen on Tyneside.

Owen's future has been a major topic of debate on Tyneside as the 29-year-old refused to commit his long-term future at St. James' Park.

However, Kinnear still believes Owen, who joined for £17 million from Real Madrid in August 2005, will commit himself to the club.

He said in the club's official website: "Michael told me in person about his decision and I fully understand where he is coming from.

"We have a great relationship as captain and manager and that will certainly continue.

"He is focused on scoring goals for Newcastle United and helping us keep progressing this season.

"Michael will consider his options in the summer but I am still optimistic that he will stay with us when it comes to making a decision.

"In the meantime I have no doubts whatsoever that he will continue to give 100 per cent.

"I'm looking forward to him continuing to score goals for us as they will be crucial in what we do for the rest of the season.

“Having gone six games unbeaten we are a very happy camp and Michael Owen plays a big part in that as skipper."

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