Michael Owen: Real Madrid to Newcastle move the only one I regret

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Former Newcastle United striker Michael Owen says that his move from Real Madrid into the Magpies was a”downward step” along with the”one that I really regret”.
Even the captain signed for # 17m 2005 – after joining Real from Liverpool a year – but he was limited by injuries in four decades.
“I should have followed my gut instincts,” Owen says in his new novel, Reboot – My Life, My Time.
“I didn’t wish to move there – my heart has been set to return to Liverpool.”
Owen says the deal of Newcastle could not be matched by the Reds so he agreed his switch into St James’ Park.
“From a career perspective, there was not any doubt in my mind that a movement to the North East had been a downward step,” added that the 39-year-old, who also played for Manchester United and Stoke City before retiring in 2013.
“As that comment might be to Newcastle lovers, that’s more or less what I felt.”
Even the 2001 Ballon d’Or winner had a strained relationship with afterward Magpies chairman Freddy Shepherd, which worsened when he was filmed stating that he would”take Michael Owen back to Anfield”.
“Freddy was only doing what all the fans constantly do at virtually every football team,” said Owen. “They think their club is 10% bigger and their staff is 10% greater than it actually is.
“This sort of blind delusion is especially true of Newcastle United – that, as I reach for the nearest tin hatis only a huge club in the sense that it has lots of fans and a major stadium”
Owen stated the moment his connection with the Magpies’ supporters was”irreparably impaired” arrived after he was jeered as he was carried off on a stretcher after being knocked unconscious in their 1-1 draw at Watford at May 2007.
“Once I got home, I switched on Match of the Day to see the match and that I could hear Newcastle fans, my lovers, singing:’What a waste of money,'” he added.
“I can not deny their activities that day changed things for me.”
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