Stoke rule out new deal for Owen

Stoke City have decided not to offer new terms to Michael Owen.

The Mail on Sunday says Owen's fate was sealed at a meeting of Stoke officials on Thursday to start planning for the next campaign.

The former Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle and Manchester United striker has scored only one goal this season and failed to start a Premier League game after signing a one-year pay-as-you-play deal at the Britannia in September.

And having regularly affirmed that he would never drop down the divisions to prolong his playing days, that means his celebrated career could be over.

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