Owen slams reports of €8,500-a-minute wage at Stoke

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 €8,500 for every one 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 €30,000 pro-rata pay agreement amounts to three times the salary of Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure - who is on a rumoured €270,000-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.

"Another shocking article in today's papers,” the forward tweeted. "This time it's The Sun. Shouldn't be surprised but you would think they would at least get their facts right before feeding such rubbish to the public.

"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.