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Michael Owen Tweets That He Will Leave Manchester United

17/05/2012 10:25 | Updated 17 May 2012

Manchester United striker Michael Owen has revealed he will be leaving the club this summer after he was not offered a new contract.

On his Twitter account, @themichaelowen, the striker wrote that: "The Manager informed me after our testimonial match on Tuesday that the club would not be offering me a new contract."

Adding that he has "loved every minute of the 3 years I have spent at such a fantastic club," Owen said he would now take a holiday to think about where he'd like to go next.

The 32-year-old former Liverpool, Real Madrid and Newcastle striker has never regularly featured for the club since he moved on a free transfer in 2009.

He closed by tweeting: "I would like to thank the players, staff and fans for their support and wish them well for the future.

Former England striker, now the anchor for the BBC Sport's football coverage, Gary Linekar tweeted a message of support to Owen. He wrote that Owen was "a world class goalscorer who but for injury would have broken many records."

See Michael Owen's tweets below:

Owen scored nine goals in his debut campaign, including a stoppage-time winner against Manchester City, a hat-trick against Wolfsburg in the Champions League and a League Cup final strike versus Aston Villa.

He was out injured for a combined total of 13-and-a-half-months during his three seasons at Old Trafford.

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