Owen keen to stay

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Michael Owen has confirmed he wants to stay at Manchester United.

The former England striker picked up the first Barclays Premier League title medal of his career on Sunday and scored United's final league goal of the season during the 4-2 win over Blackpool.

Owen seems certain to be disappointed in his hopes to grab a place on the bench for Saturday's Champions League final, meaning he might well have played his last game for the Old Trafford outfit. However, Owen said: "I want to stay because Manchester United is a fantastic club."

The 31-year-old's two-season contract expires this summer and with Danny Welbeck due to return from his loan spell at Sunderland, it appears highly unlikely he will be offered another. But Owen intends to speak with Sir Alex Ferguson after this weekend's showpiece and would love to hear some good news.

He added: "I have to find out in the coming week or two and I will be speaking to the manager. This is an important week so there is no point discussing my future with him now, but we will have a chat after the season is over."

Although the brochure Owen sent out to potential suitors when he left Newcastle two years ago was viewed as a sign of desperation, it is virtually certain he could have found more action elsewhere than he has managed with United.

Should he be moving on this summer, Owen will have made 47 appearances, mostly as a substitute, scoring 13 goals. In addition, he also started last season's Carling Cup triumph over Aston Villa, although it was a hamstring injury suffered in that game that hampered Owen at the start of this season.

"You can drop your level and play more regularly in a team that is not of as high a standard as Manchester United," observed Owen.

"But your level stays high when you are training with top players and you enjoy your football much more when you are playing in a good team. It depends which side of the coin you look at.

"I have certainly enjoyed my time here even though I haven't played as much this year and I have still felt part of it. I have played in 11 Premier League games and qualified for a medal and loved every minute of it."

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