Michael Owen targets Manchester United stay & blasts Fabio Capello over England exile

The 31-year-old wants to remain at Old Trafford despite a lack of regular first team football and admits he is bemused and saddened by continuing exclusion from national team
Michael Owen has revealed he wants to stay at Manchester United and will be seeking talks with manager Sir Alex Ferguson after Saturday's Champions League final.

Recurring injuries and a lack of form have meant the 31-year-old has found first team opportunities hard to come by at Old Trafford since his arrival in 2009, although he did find the net in United's 4-2 victory over Blackpool on the last day of the Premier League season.

This season Owen has found himself below Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov and Javier Hernandez in the pecking order, but despite this the striker insists he has no desire to look elsewhere.

"I want to stay because Manchester United is a fantastic club," he told reporters. "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.

"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."

Owen's international career has also suffered in recent times. Despite netting 40 times for England, the striker has not been capped by Fabio Capello since March 2008, with the likes of Bolton's Kevin Davies and Cardiff's Jay Bothroyd being called upon ahead of him in the meantime.

The striker admits he is mystified by his international exile, and has given up hope of a recall while Capello remains in charge of the national side.

"I've given up trying to understand," he added. "I've not given up on England. It's come to an abrupt stop under this manager. You'd have a better idea than me [why that is].

"I was disappointed for the first squad I missed, a little bit less for the next one and after about three or four times, I didn't really expect to see my name.

"For the first couple of squads I looked at the players [named] and looked at what I had done. For the last dozen squads, I haven't looked. I don't even think about [being picked] now. Honestly.

"It's sad, really. If I keep getting up for something, then [find out] I am not in, I am just kidding myself."

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