As reported by the Chronicle, Michael Owen has spoken about his transfer from Real Madrid to Newcastle, in an interview with Sky Sports.
The 37-year-old, former England star, was asked about his transfer and said: “Liverpool was in my blood and I wanted to go back to Liverpool,”
“Me and Rafa Benitez met, tried to make it work but basically Newcastle came in with a big offer and turned Real Madrid’s head with £16m.
“They only paid £8m for me, 12 months earlier.
“Liverpool, quite understandably, didn’t want to pay double.”
However, Owen was quick to point out that he saw positives in his move to Tyneside, adding: “Once I decided Newcastle I got a real buzz back in my stomach, knowing I’d be playing in front of a passionate set of fans back in the Premier League,”
“And I was playing alongside Alan Shearer.
“You wouldn’t be human if that didn’t give you a real lift and a real buzz.”