Skirge Posted February 11, 2009 Share Posted February 11, 2009 http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/nufc/newcastle-united-news/2009/02/11/we-ll-offer-owen-new-deal-72703-22904203/ Michael Owen set to be offered new Toon deal Feb 11 2009 by Lee Ryder, Evening Chronicle NEWCASTLE United are set to draw up a new contract offer for skipper Michael Owen. The original contract offer that United made was withdrawn on January 1 but Newcastle are set to go again in a bid to retain their No 10. The out-of-favour England international is currently out injured with an ankle problem but plans to return to action for United at the start of next month. The former Liverpool and Real Madrid star has been linked with moves away from Tyneside continuously in the past three seasons but, unlike Shay Given and Charles N’Zogbia, chose not to jump ship in January despite the turmoil in Toon. And while Owen has yet to commit his future to Newcastle beyond the end of the season, with Aston Villa, Everton and Manchester City all keen on his services, United owner Mike Ashley will make plans to keep Owen at St James’s Park. Managing director Derek Llambias said “We offered Michael a new contract and he has chosen to walk away and think about his future. “It’s not on the table any more after January 1. But we’ll be sitting down with him again soon and seeing what he wants to do. “It’s difficult – he’s a goalscorer who has 10 already this season in the games he’s played. “It’s down to Michael. “He’s done his term here, and it was lucrative, but he’s decided he wants to wait until the end of the season. “So it’s a case of watch this space.” Yet United will also be busy looking into extending the current deals of other stars, with fresh deals for Habib Beye, Oba Martins and Damien Duff in the pipeline. United recently extended deals for several senior players to bolster their squad and Llambias seems keen not to allow deals to run down to the last minute like Owen. He added: “We’ve done new contracts for Harper, Shola and Nicky Butt. “We’re doing three more as well. We’re constantly on the move with those, we’re renewing contracts and we’re reviewing our team all of the time.” However, the futures of Mark Vidka and Brazilian defender Claudio Cacapa remain in doubt with no indication that their deals which run out in the summer will be renewed. Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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