Former England forward, Michael Owen, has admitted that his move from Real Madrid to Newcastle United, was a mistake and a “downward step” which he will live to regret.
Owen was signed in 2005 for £17m, a year after joining Real Madrid from Liverpool, but injuries limited him to just 79 appearances in 4 years.
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“I should have followed my gut instincts.
“I didn’t want to go there – my heart was set on a return to Liverpool,” Owen says in his new book, Reboot – My Life, My Time.
He also revealed that Liverpool could not match Newcastle’s offer fourteen years ago, so he reluctantly made the switch to the Magpies.
“From a career perspective, there was no doubt in my mind that a move to the North East was a downward step.
“As unpalatable as that opinion might be to Newcastle fans, that’s more or less what I felt,” the 39-year-old, who also played for Manchester United and Stoke City before retiring in 2013, added.