Michael Owen set to join Real Madrid

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:08 IST

A week back, Michael Owen was believed to be 'closer than ever' to signing a new deal with Liverpool.

Michael Owen set to join Real Madrid

Liverpool:

A week back, Michael Owen was believed to be 'closer than ever' to signing a new deal with Liverpool. But now the 24-year old is set to leave the club he joined as a schoolboy and team up with the 'galaticos' of Real Madrid. On the eve of the new English Premiership season, Liverpool coach Rafael Benitez confirmed the switch on Friday - the club apparently unable to tie him up to a new contract with just one year left on his existing deal: "The only thing I can say is that I wish the best for Michael, the best for Real Madrid and the best for Liverpool," said Rafael Benitez, Liverpool Manager. After scoring on his debut as a 17-year old, Owen followed in the long line of prolific Anfield strikers - his Liverpool legacy is 158 goals in 297 appearances. The terms of the transfer deal were not disclosed, but is reported to be worth around US$18 million with Liverpool also receiving Madrid midfielder Antonio Nunez. Benitez admitted that he will have to rethink his strategy to cope with the loss of such a key player: "I think that this is bad news for the players because he is a good professional, a good player. But, always in the history the players change and the only think you have to do as a manager is to find good players because I want to improve the team's level. And we are working on these things," said Rafael Benitez, Liverpool Manager. Owen is poised to undergo a medical in the Spanish capital on Friday evening before being formally presented as a Real Madrid player next week. (AP)



Topics : Football
Related Articles
Champions League: Borussia Dortmund Hold Real Madrid as Porto, Sevilla Make Last 16
Champions League: Borussia Dortmund Hold Real Madrid as Porto, Sevilla Make Last 16
FIFA Club World Cup Set to Begin Under The Shadow of Chapecoense Plane Tragedy
FIFA Club World Cup Set to Begin Under The Shadow of Chapecoense Plane Tragedy
Real Madrid Demand Respect For 'Exemplary' Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid Demand Respect For 'Exemplary' Cristiano Ronaldo
Show Comments
Advertisement