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Last Updated: Tuesday, 4 October 2005, 14:18 GMT 15:18 UK
I won't play abroad again - Owen
Michael Owen in action for Newcastle
Newcastle United striker Michael Owen does not think he will play club football abroad again.

Owen left Real Madrid for Newcastle after one season at the Bernabeu and told BBC Radio Five Live: "I very much doubt I will go abroad again.

"I wanted to see what it was like. I have opened my eyes to it now.

"But I love living at home. I knew I would always be coming back to the Premiership, it was just a matter of how many years."

The 25-year-old signed for Newcastle for a club record 17m - and has scored two goals for his new club.

"I was open-minded about going to Spain but I always knew that the Premiership was where I wanted to come back to," he added.

"I had a good time in Madrid, both on and off the pitch but I missed the UK weather, I missed the food, the Premiership and being around English people.

"It is where I was born and brought up and where I have always played my football.

"I was looking forward to getting back and now I'm back I'm enjoying every minute of it."

Owen is relishing being back in the Premiership - but has noticed that the league has changed in his absence.

"It is nice to be settled and back in the Premiership and playing every game," he said.

"Everyone is scared of losing a bit more - the defences are a bit tighter.

"It is a little bit more cautious - people are trying to hold on to a point a bit more - but in my opinion it is still the best league in the world."

And the striker denied that the Premiership is already over, with leaders Chelsea nine points clear of second-placed Charlton.

"Chelsea are playing really well and it looks like they are heading towards going plenty of points clear," added Owen.

"They are making it difficult for any other team to catch them but I don't think we have played 10 games yet.

"They are impressing and playing really well but I wouldn't say they have a stranglehold."


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