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Last Updated: Monday, 1 August 2005, 11:38 GMT 12:38 UK
Owen set for happy homecoming?
By Ian Hughes

Michael Owen
Michael will come back a better player
Roy Evans
Michael Owen's departure from Real Madrid seems imminent after the Spanish side signed Brazilian strikers Julio Baptista and Robinho.

And he seems set to return to the Premiership with either Chelsea or Manchester United.

Owen's reputation has been enhanced after he scored 16 goals last season for Real, despite not being given a decent run in the first team.

Former Liverpool boss Roy Evans told BBC Sport that Owen will come back a better player and have a massive impact at whichever club he joins.


Both Chelsea and Manchester United will be challenging for the Premiership title next season.

But the main thing about Michael is he just wants to play football week in, week out.

Either option would suit Michael because they are two great teams.

However, Michael does have a house that is closer to Manchester than London, so that could be a factor.

I don't think competition for places will affect Michael too much.

If you can go to a club and score goals, then you are going to stay in the team.

That wasn't true at Madrid, but I think it was politics, and not always performances, that picked the team there.

I'm also quite surprised that more clubs have not come in for Michael, who at a reported 11m looks a bargain.

There was a lot of uncertainty about whether he would stay at Real or not, but now I think a transfer will happen quite quickly.


Michael will come back a better player - you learn wherever you go, and particularly at a club like Real Madrid.

There is no doubt that Michael will score goals no matter what team he plays in.

And there aren't many clubs in England who have a striker capable of scoring greats goals as well as the tap-ins.

Whether Michael lines up for United or Chelsea next season, it will be frightening for the opposition.

He is always going to be a threat and despite the number of great players at both clubs, Michael will be a great acquisition.

Michael has great confidence in his ability, he works hard at the game, he keeps himself in excellent shape - he will be fine wherever he goes.

His return to the Premiership will be also good for England ahead of the World Cup.

And it will be great for him - he just wants to play football, that's the thing he loves doing the most.

Interview: Former Liverpool boss Roy Evans


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