Newcastle star Michael Owen will not decide where his future lies until the end of the season, he has confirmed in a statement.
Newcastle and England striker considers future
Michael Owen will not decide where his future lies until the end of the season, he has confirmed in a statement.
Owen's current deal is due to expire at the end of the season, and he has been offered fresh terms by Newcastle.
The Magpies had hoped that Owen would commit his future to the club in the coming weeks, but he has now confirmed that he will not be signing any deal until next summer.
Owen also confirmed he had no intention of leaving Newcastle during the transfer window, insisting he would remain at St James Park until the end of his current deal.
"Following speculation about my future at Newcastle United, I have decided today to make it clear that I am committed to the club until at least the end of this season, and I have informed them I do not want to make a decision about my future until that time," read the statement released on behalf of Owen.
"I hope this will be seen as a positive step and not seen as being disloyal in any way.
"I am happy here and enjoy the challenge. It is simply a matter of seriously thinking about my future as I was 29 last week and my next career decision is a crucial one."
Owen added that he would be willing to take a pay-cut at Newcastle, insisting that money would not be the main factor in any decision he makes.
"My decision is not about money. I told the club some months ago that I would accept a reduction in my wages," he continued.
"I have no intention of leaving Newcastle United during the January transfer window and want to assure the fans that under Joe Kinnear's passionate management, I am committed with the rest of the players to ensure that the club ends the season on a high."
Newcastle boss Joe Kinnear saw Owen's comments as a positive, as he continues to believe his long-term future will be on Tyneside.
"Michael told me in person about his decision and I fully understand where he
is coming from," he told the club's website.
"We have a great relationship as captain and manager and that will certainly
"He is focused on scoring goals for Newcastle United and helping us keep
progressing this season.
"Michael will consider his options in the summer but I am still optimistic
that he will stay with us when it comes to making a decision."
"In the meantime I have no doubts whatsoever that he will continue to give 100 per cent.
"I'm looking forward to him continuing to score goals for us as they will be
crucial in what we do for the rest of the season."