Michael Owen could retire if he is released by Manchester United at the end of the current campaign.
The injury-plagued forward, 30, has made just two starts and one substitute appearance for the Red Devils this season, and is yet to hold talks about extending his stay at Old Trafford beyond next summer.
And Owen has admitted he would not be interested in playing for a ‘poorer’ Premier League side should United manager Sir Alex Ferguson decide against retaining his services.
The former England star told The Sun: “I would honestly love to stay but you will have to ask the manager about the long term.
“I could scored at this level for many years and would love it to be at a top club like United.
“Whether I would want to be dropping down to a poorer Premier League team, I don’t know.
“Yes, I could score goals but I would probably get less opportunities and less enjoyment.
“I just don’t feel my game is suited to a team that is really struggling. I won’t drop down leagues.”