MICHAEL OWEN is still holding out hope of a Premier League future.

Owen after Premier in

The former England striker was released by Manchester United at the end of last season and has since been linked with a host of clubs.

Stoke are keen with boss Tony Pulis and Owen’s former England team-mate Peter Crouch both encouraging the 32-year-old to join them at the Britannia.

Owen said: “I want to play and am eager to start again.

“I just wish the fans on my Twitter account were running the clubs, then I’d be able to sign for anyone I wanted! I want to play in the best possible team.

“If it was local to my house, excellent. I want to play more often but that’s not written in the contract. I don’t really want to play in the Championship. I know I can still play in the Premier League and can still score goals.

“Obviously the question mark for any potential buyers is injuries but I just need a run of games. There has been interest from all corners of the Earth, every nation you can think of — Germany, Italy, Spain, Turkey.”