Newcastle and Michael Owen ready to sort new contract

August 2, 2008 5:55am CST
Owen, who was recently told he would retain the captain's armband for next season, has only one year remaining on his current contract. And there is not doubt that manager Kevin Keegan is keen to put pen to paper before next summer. Keegan said: “I’m not involved in talks, it’s down to Dennis Wise and Tony Jiminez. “He wants to stay and we want to keep him. I hope we’ll sort it within two or three weeks.” "They are two things in our favour. I hope it will be sorted out in the next couple of weeks. He's a leader for us in the way he trains, the way he leads by example. He's not one to shout and bawl and wave his fists about but he shows people how to play the game properly and that's the kind of captain I like." At 28 years-old this next contract is likely to be the last major one of Owen's career. Newcastle would without a doubt receive offers should he become surplus to requirements but the England forward has recently said he wants his future to be at St James’s Park. Owen arrived at Newcastle in 2005 from Real Madrid but fell victim to a host of injuries which has seen him make only 47 appearances for the club scoring 20 goals. Keegan has so far added Danny Guthrie from Liverpool and Real Mallorca's Jonas Gutierrez to his squad and admits he intends to make more additions. "'We have got quality in the squad but the hard part is finding quality to add to it," he said. "Anyone can gather players, it's the easiest thing in world. Anyone can buy but the important thing is to get the right players." He also said that striker Oba Martins will be given as much time as he needs to get over the recent death of his mother. “It’s a tragedy. We’ll do everything we can to help.”
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