Stoke City striker Michael Owen feels only a certain number of clubs can afford Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.

Owen believes Rooney could be on his way after his axing for the Champions League defeat to Real Madrid.

"Sometimes when you're at the level he is at you don't have many options," said Owen.

"If you are a mediocre player you have 20 teams in England and aboard that you can move to.

"If Wayne Rooney moves, where does he go to? Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Chelsea and PSG, there's only half a dozen teams.

"It's just speculation though.

"He's been dropped for one game and I'm sure he will bounce back.

"Obviously Wayne has got to get his head down now and start recapturing his best form.

"He's certainly got the right attitude and ability to get back into the manager's thoughts."