þriðjudagur, 10. ágúst 2004

Owen linked with Madrid

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Michael Owen career profile Liverpool striker Michael Owen is considering a move to Real Madrid after contract talks with the Reds broke down, according to newspaper reports.
Real are said to be willing to pay £10m and throw in Fernando Morientes or Samuel Eto'o in a deal worth £25m.

Owen's contract at Liverpool runs out at the end of this season and he would be able to leave on a free transfer.

Liverpool may avoid using Owen in their Champions League game against Graz AK to avoid him being cup-tied in Europe.

The 24-year-old England forward had said he was close to signing a new contract, but reports say the two parties have been unable to come to an agreement.
Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez earlier refused to be drawn on rumours that Owen's future depends on whether he plays against Graz AK on Tuesday.
Owen, who has also been linked with Barcelona, has been holding talks over a two-year contract extension.

If he does not it is because another player is considered better, nothing more than that
Reds boss Rafael Benitez Benitez said: "I have nothing to say about his contract. Michael has travelled and I can use him if I want."

If Owen was to play against Graz it would lower his value in the transfer market since any interested clubs would not be able to play him in Europe this season.

Benitez added: "For me it is important for this match that I do not talk about individual players.
"My job is to pick the best team for this big match which is very, very important to us.
"I will decide during the night my team and formation. All the 19 players here can play.

"I can pick him and if he plays it is because he is the right player for the game. If he does not it is because another player is considered better, nothing more than that.
"I do not name my teams until the day of the game and this team will not be named until 30 minutes before the game."

Owen had previously hinted that the arrival of new manager Rafael Benitez has swayed his decision to stay at Anfield.

Last week he implied he was on the brink of signing a new deal but he has been cagey in recent days, leading to speculation that his talks with the club have hit a snag.

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