The former Liverpool, Real Madrid and Manchester United striker took to Twitter to vehemently deny claims that his ongoing injury worries are costing his new club dearly
Michael Owen has launched a scathing attack on reports that he has earned £7,000 for every of his 53 minutes of playing time for Stoke City so far this campaign.
Reports published in The Sun on Friday claimed the former England international’s £25,000 pro-rata pay agreement amounts to three times the salary of Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure - who is on a rumoured £220,000-a-week deal.
But, taking to Twitter, Owen dismissed the figures and slammed the report as "rubbish", before condemning the principles of the British media as a whole.
Stoke are 40/1 with Bet365 to be relegated from the Premier League this season
"My wage is heavily incentivised towards playing so contrary to all of the rubbish that is said and written about me, my wage is nothing like what is being reported.
"How they can make up figures and then write an article painting me in a negative way is shocking. No doubt our endearing press will get away with it and then move on to discredit somebody else."
Owen, who has managed just 53 minutes of first-team action this season, is currently out with a hamstring injury and is expected to miss the festive period for Tony Pulis’ side.