Owen denies quit rumours
Fri, May 15, 2009

LONDON (AFP) - England and Newcastle striker Michael Owen has strenuously denied he is set to retire at the end of the season.

Owen, 29, has not scored since January and was substituted against Middlesbrough last week with the score at 1-1 before Newcastle ran out 3-1 winners to move out the Premier League's bottom three.

Earlier Friday the Daily Express newspaper reported that Owen was set to quit the game in the summer and become a full-time racehorse trainer and owner.

Owen is out of contract at St James' Park at the end of the season and the club's temporary manager, Alan Shearer, has admitted he does not know where the striker will be playing next season.

Meanwhile Owen was quick to refute the newspaper's claims.

"Any suggestion or unfounded speculation that Michael Owen has any intention of quitting football is totally untrue and wrong," said a statement from Owen's management company Wasserman Media Group.

"Michael remains as committed to his football career as he ever has been and is deeply and professionally offended that anyone should suggest otherwise."

The statement continued: "Michael Owen has instructed lawyers and will take action against any publication which he feels inaccurately or unfairly suggested he is quitting football and is damaging to his professional reputation."

The Daily Express subsequently changed their later-edition back pages to lead on how Owen is keen to continue.

  Owen denies quit rumours
  Wozniacki first woman through to semis in Madrid
  Villa captain Laursen retires
  Perez to spend at least S$398.8 million
  Thailand promoted to Sudirman Cup elite
  Video: Phelps dives back into competition
  Video: Hamilton tips Button for F1 title
  Title-hunting Marseille welcome Lyon to lions' den
  South Africa ready for Confed Cup, says FIFA
  Ajax try to lure Olsen as Van Basten replacement
Owen denies quit rumours
Villa captain Laursen retires
Perez to spend at least S$398.8 million
Ukraine persuaded UEFA to delay 2012 cities decision
Brunei, S'pore in same group

Elsewhere in AsiaOne...

Travel: Abramovich to use Airbus A380 as private jet: report

Just Women: Babes Kayu!

Multimedia: Shahirah