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Michael Owen: My heart says Liverpool and my head says Real Madrid will win the Champions League

In an exclusive interview with BTSport.com, Michael Owen admits he’s finding it difficult to predict which of his former clubs will be lifting silverware on Saturday night, but is in no doubt who he wants it to be.

Two of Michael Owen’s former clubs go head-to-head on Saturday night and the ex-England striker is torn between who he thinks will come out on top.

With Liverpool and Real Madrid doing battle in the Champions League final – live on BT Sport 2 and in 4K UHD from 6pm – the eyes of the world will be on this titanic clash.

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And as part of a select few to have represented both clubs during his playing career, BTSport.com wanted to find out who Owen predicts will come out on top.

Despite agonising over who will lift the trophy aloft in Kiev, the 38-year-old was in no doubt who he would be cheering on.

“My heart says Liverpool and my head says Real Madrid,” was Owen’s response when asked to select a winner.

“I’m going to go with my heart because I obviously want Liverpool to win.”

Xabi Alonso is another to have pulled on both the red of Liverpool and white of Real – winning the Champions League during his time with both clubs too – but he could not decide who he wanted to win.

In an interview with XO, the ex-Bayern Munich man says “whatever happens, I will be really happy” but as you might expect, that is not the case for Owen.

“I can understand where Xabi is coming from because he’s Spanish, he played for Madrid for several years and he’ll have good friends in the team.

“But I’ve spent half my life playing or working for Liverpool and I only had one season at Real Madrid.

“As much as I made many friends there, and if Liverpool weren’t in the final I would want them to win, but there’s no question where my loyalties lie.”

With the summer transfer window just around the corner, the rumour mill is already in full flow with plenty of speculation about which players will be coming and going.

Liverpool appear set to lose Emre Can, who is believed to be joining Juventus on a free transfer this summer, while Mo Salah is continually linked with swapping one Champions League finalist for another.

But it is not just Premier League clubs that see their star names linked with a move elsewhere.

Talk of a return to England for Gareth Bale has rumbled on throughout his time in Madrid but of late, the Welshman appears to have fallen out of favour with Zinedine Zidane and could be allowed to leave.

Owen, who left Los Blancos for Newcastle United in 2005, believes now is the time for Bale to move on from the Santiago Bernabeu and has tipped him for a move back to our shores.

“I would say he needs a new challenge now,” said Owen.

“He doesn’t seem to be flavour of the month at the moment and is obviously on the bench a lot, so if I were him I would be look for new horizons.

“If he does leave he will alert a lot of the top teams, especially back home, so that will be fascinating in the summer.

“But I still think he’s got a big part to play on Saturday, I don’t expect him to start but I think he will come on and have an impact in what could be his last game.”

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