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EXCLUSIVE

I have to go

By MIKE ELLIS
and ERIC BEAUCHAMP

MICHAEL OWEN claims that he is being forced out of Liverpool.

The England striker has confided in a close friend, who said: “Michael feels let down the way he has been treated over his new deal.

“He did not instigate the interest from Real Madrid and has the impression Liverpool are trying to force him out.

“Even if the Madrid move falls through, he feels it will be almost impossible for him to stay at Anfield.

“It would require Liverpool to do a complete U-turn and try to convince him to stay for the situation to change.”

Real and Liverpool were last night poised to agree an £8million fee with a makeweight player thrown in — thought to be teenage whizkid Juanfran.

New Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez was hoping for £10m PLUS either Fernando Morientes or Samuel Eto’o.

But Morientes ruled himself out of playing for another club in Europe this season by scoring two goals for Real in their Champions League qualifier in Poland on Wednesday.

And Eto’o is now joining Barcelona in an £18m transfer.

The Owen affair is becoming a potential embarrassment to the Merseysiders.


BENITEZ ... deal
BENITEZ … deal

And Owen’s friend, a close and trusted pal for many years, added: “In Michael’s mind, the damage has already been done. He is upset about it, as this proposed transfer has not been driven by him.”

Owen, left on the bench for Tuesday’s clash with AK Graz to keep him free for Euro action with a rival club, was ordered to train with the reserves on Wednesday when the squad returned from Austria.

Milan Baros and Djibril Cisse look certain to start tomorrow’s Premiership opener at Tottenham.

Kop legend Ian Rush is one who hopes it is still not too late to retrieve the situation.

He said: “Every club in the world would be interested in Michael. But I know he loves Liverpool and hope he stays.

“You cannot ask for a better strike force than Michael, Milan and Djibril.

“You would not expect the three of them to play together every week. Yet there are a lot of games ahead and you cannot have too many good players.

“When I left Liverpool for Juventus, the circumstances were different.

“Wales had failed to qualify for the World Cup and I wanted to test myself against the best.


“Now the Premiership is the best league in the world and all the top players want to come here.”

Despite Rush’s hope, the transfer moved closer to completion as Real president Florentino Perez and marketing director Jose Angel Sanchez met Owen’s representatives in the Spanish capital.

A Real insider said: “The meeting was arranged to discuss Michael Owen and now it is up to Liverpool.

“Real have made their offer and Perez told Liverpool to make up their minds about Owen. If that happens, he could be here in 24 hours.”

Benitez will not block 24-year-old Owen’s sale, with new £14m signing Cisse and Baros making a bigger impression in pre-season.

Owen’s move should go through in the next couple of days, though any last-minute hold-ups could delay his Bernabeu unveiling until early next week.


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