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Keegan confident Owen will stay

News conference: Kevin Keegan

Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan is confident Michael Owen will sign a new contract that will see him remain at the club beyond next season.

The 28-year-old's current deal expires next summer and Keegan has left all negotiations in the hands of chairman Chris Mort.

"It's for Chris Mort to do that now," he said.

"I have made it absolutely clear what I think should be done, and I have passed that on to him."

Keegan added: "He will handle that now so any questions about that will be between Chris Mort and Michael's advisors.

"But my feeling is, genuinely, that he wants to be here, he wants to help lead this club for the next few years.

"I don't want to tempt providence, but I think that is a deal that will be done as soon as they get together, really. I don't think it will take long."

606: DEBATE

Owen has been beset with injury problems since his club record 17m move from Real Madrid in 2005.

He missed most of last season after suffering a serious knee injury while playing for England at the 2006 World Cup, but has returned to form in recent games with four goals in his last five matches.




see also
Keegan delighted with Magpies duo
24 Mar 08 |  Newcastle United
Owen can keep us up, says Keegan
17 Mar 08 |  Newcastle United
Keegan joy at Owen return to form
04 Feb 08 |  Newcastle United
Owen will 'get over' Keegan row
17 Jan 08 |  Newcastle United
Owen is told to wait for new deal
17 Oct 07 |  Newcastle United
Owen completes move to Newcastle
31 Aug 05 |  Newcastle United


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