'I've settled down,' says Owen

Michael Owen is feeling increasingly settled in his life at Spanish giants Real Madrid and has already set himself two targets for the season.

Michael Owen is feeling increasingly settled in his life at Spanish giants Real Madrid and has already set himself two targets for the season.

After a slow start at his new club, Owen has finally begun to settle into life in Spain and the goals have arrived.

His second-half strike against Malaga this Sunday was his fifth for his new club and his third in the Primera Liga, with the others arriving in the Copa del Rey against Leganes and the Champions League against Dynamo Kiev.

“I’m enjoying myself more all of the time,” he told Marca.

“At the start it was a bit complicated, when I was told Madrid were interested in me, I didn’t have much time to take it in, it was all so quick.

“It is difficult to live and play in another country and I didn’t have time to adapt, but everyone needs time to adapt and it’s normal that things are now getting better.”

“Every day I am happier with the decision I took,” said Owen, who has scored his five goals in the last six games.

“I think I have had a good month, although two months ago it was hard as I was looking for a house and everyone had to get acclimatised,” he said.

Against Malaga Owen scored probably the best goal of his Madrid career, but he does not believe it was the most important.

He explained: “The most important were against Dynamo Kiev and Valencia in the Bernabeu, they won the games and that makes them better – in Malaga we had already won the game.”

Owen was reluctant to set himself a target for the season, but was confident the goals would continue to arrive.

He continued: “It depends on how many games I play and also on my luck.

“I have been playing football since I was 16 in the Liverpool first team and I have always scored goals.”

“My thing is scoring goals and it’s the way I play.

“It is natural for me to score goals: I have always done so for Liverpool and England and now I’ll do so for Real Madrid.”

The England striker then gave his aims for the season – and he is setting his sights high.

“We want to win the League and the Champions League,” he said, although he realised that with Madrid seven points behind Barcelona in La Liga and still uncertain of their European future, there was still a lot of work to do.

“We had an irregular start to the season and our most important immediate aim was to start winning matches.

“We are doing that now, but if we had had a better start we could have been better placed in both competitions.

“We need some good results in the next few games.”

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