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Robbie Keane to finish career in the MLS

Keane recently signed a new contract at LA Galaxy (©GettyImages)
Keane recently signed a new contract at LA Galaxy (©GettyImages).

Robbie Keane has reiterated his desire to stay in America and continue playing for LA Galaxy in the MLS.

Keane has recently signed a new two-year contract and has an additional year as an option.

The 32-year-old has insisted he is very happy with life in America. Having featured for seven English clubs previously, Keane admitted he won't be returning to the Premier League before the end of his career.

Speaking before Ireland's friendly against Spain in New York, he told reporters: "Go back to who? You're just playing for the sake of playing and making the numbers up unless you are playing for Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham or Liverpool.

"I am very, very happy, very content where I am in this situation in my life. If you keep playing and keep producing and keep scoring goals, it doesn't really matter where you are.

"I couldn't tell you if it is the best move of my career to be honest with you. At that moment in time, it was the right decision for me and the family, and I certainly don't have any regrets.

"I have just signed a two-year contract, possibly three years, so at this moment in time, I'm not thinking too far ahead. At the moment, I am very, very happy and I will just keep playing and keep plugging away."

Keane joined LA Galaxy in 2011 and has been prolific in the MLS since his move. In the 55 appearances he's made for the club, he has scored 31 goals.

But with his career coming to an end, the striker has admitted that going into management is something he's interesting in when he eventually retires.

"I am doing my coaching badges in December - but I am going to try to play as long as I can first," he said. "When you get older, you tend to analyse whereas when you are younger, you have got no worries, you just think it's never, ever going to end.

"As you get older, you understand the game a lot more and you watch the mangers closely, like Marco (Tardelli), the manager, and see their see their different ideas.

"I have been lucky enough to play for one of the great managers, so hopefully that will stand me in good stead."

At the start of the 2013 season, Keane was announced as LA Galaxy captain taking over from Landon Donovan.

The striker recently became Ireland's most capped player and will take his cap tally to 127 against Spain in New York tonight.

 

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