Owen follows Real Madrid closely

CHESTERFIELD, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 11: TV Pundit and former player Michael Owen looks on before the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship Qualifier between England U21 and Andorra U21 at the Proact Stadium on October 11, 2018 in Chesterfield, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
CHESTERFIELD, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 11: TV Pundit and former player Michael Owen looks on before the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship Qualifier between England U21 and Andorra U21 at the Proact Stadium on October 11, 2018 in Chesterfield, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

The former Los Merengues footballer says he still tunes into news about the club, having played there from 2004 to 2005.

Former English striker Michael Owen played for three of the biggest team’s in the world during his career that spanned from 1996 to 2013.

Owen debuted professionally with Liverpool in 1996 in the English Premier League.

In 2004 he moved to Real Madrid in the Spanish La Liga, where he played for two years before returning to England to be with Newcastle United from 2005 to 2009.

He also played with Manchester United in 2008 and ended his career with Stoke City in the 2012-2013 season.

But after retiring, he still follows his former club closely.

“Of course, and of course it’s been a disappointing season which hasn’t been the case in recent years,” he told Spanish media outlet Marca.

“They won a lot of Champions Leagues and this is just a bad period.”

“I know the club aren’t happy now, but they are coming off the back of a successful era, and I enjoyed watching them,” he continued.

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“Santiago Solari is a great friend of mine since I was at Real Madrid, he is a very good person.”

“But now the king has returned. Zizou, Zidane has returned and the happiness also seems to have come back to the people connected to the club,” he said.

Owen approved the return of Zinedine Zidane, who coached Los Merengues into success from 2016 to 2018, winning every title in the world available for them.

“I’m happy for everyone because he was a successful player and coach. I’m sure the rest he had was good,” Owen added.

“In football, being a coach is very stressful.”

“Obviously, with the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo and Zidane, there was a big gap that is very difficult to fill,” he explained.

“Hopefully with the return of Zidane, there will be more stability in every way. And then, I am sure that there will be reinforcements and that Florentino, as always, will look for the best signings.”

“We have read things about him in England. Here we still have a lot of interest in him. He has many qualities and surely when he retires and looks back he’ll be proud of what he has have achieved,” he said about Gareth Bale.

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