Shearer: Owen never leaving Newcastle

Alan Shearer has insisted Michael Owen never wanted to leave Newcastle amid speculation over his future this summer.

The former Magpies skipper was instrumental in persuading the 27-year-old England striker to make his £17million move to Tyneside two years ago, and has looked on with great sympathy as injuries have wrecked his career in the north-east to date.

He told BBC Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek show: "I know Sam was delighted that no-one came in for him, all the fans were delighted and I know Michael did not want to leave Newcastle.

"He wanted to prove a point. He hasn't played as many games as he would have liked to up there, he hasn't scored as many goals as he wants to, so I think he wants to stay and do that for Newcastle United."

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