Newcastle boss Allardyce has no Owen contract concerns

Newcastle United boss Sam Allardyce insists Michael Owen's contract situation is of no concern.

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Newcastle moved swiftly during Owen's spell with the national side to quash claims that he still has a get-out clause in his contract at St James' Park which could see him leave the club for as little as £6million.

However, Allardyce's revelation that there were no immediate plans to extend the former Liverpool and Real Madrid forward's contract - with almost two years of his existing deal still to run - caused a fresh splash.

The manager is perplexed by the furore - and is simply intent on making the most of Owen's goal-scoring prowess after two injury-plagued seasons on Tyneside.

He said: "I do not know why anybody has brought the contract up, because I do not see it as an issue at the moment at all."

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