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Last Updated: Monday, 10 May, 2004, 19:45 GMT 20:45 UK
Owen makes Anfield pledge
Michael Owen
Owen got a new kit deal on Monday
Michael Owen has promised Liverpool he will not leave them in the lurch by sitting out his contract and leaving on a free transfer after next season.

The striker, who has been linked with moves to Barcelona and Real Madrid, quashed talk of an early Anfield exit.

"We will sort something out amicably next summer," he told BBC Five Live. "I won't just up and leave on a Bosman.

"I have the rest of this season and all next left on my contract but talks have already started on a new one."

Owen did admit that discussions had been complicated, but said he was not about to cash in on his position.

I am very ambitious and want to play at the highest level but there is now reason that can't be with Liverpool
Michael Owen

"Inevitably, the talks are complex though and don't get done in just a week. But I certainly see myself at Liverpool next year. Why not?

"I'm not in football for the money. And that is largely what it means when players sit out their contracts and go for free.

"I've got a reasonable collection of trophies already, but I want more and that's the main thing in my mind.

"I read that the manager [Gerard Houllier] says he expects me to go abroad at some stage and I certainly would not rule anything out.

"I am very ambitious and want to play at the highest level but there is now reason that can't be with Liverpool."

Owen's pledge came on the day he signed a new kit and boots sponsorship deal with manufacturers Umbro, reportedly worth 15m over 15 years.

Liverpool open Owen talks
22 Apr 04  |  Liverpool

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