Robbie Keane signs new contract as LA Galaxy captain

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Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy have announced on their official website that Republic of Ireland skipper Robbie Keane has signed a contract extension with the club.

Keane has enjoyed something of a journeyman career in British football, playing for Wolves, Coventry City, Leeds United, two spells at Tottenham, Liverpool and loan periods at Celtic, West Ham and Aston Villa.

After struggling to hold down a regular space during his second stint with Tottenham, Keane made the decision to join Galaxy from Tottenham in 2011 and has enjoyed a huge impact in California, notching 55 goals in 99 games.

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New lease of life

He has won four MLS Cups with Galaxy and is currently the MLS' MVP (Most Valuable Player) for 2014, following his excellent performances, offering experience and quality to a young Galaxy team.

LA Galaxy are yet to announce details of the contract, including wages and contract length, however Head Coach Bruce Arena described Keane as "a key piece of (Galaxy's) success", speaking of his delight at the deal.

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Speaking about Keane's contract, Arena added:

"We are very pleased Robbie will continue to be a member of the Galaxy in the coming years."

Bright future

Keane is currently training with the Republic of Ireland squad, who face Scotland in a crucial European Championship Qualifier on Saturday evening in Dublin.

The veteran is also set to be joined by former Liverpool team mate Steven Gerrard in the US, when the ex England captain joins LA Galaxy next month.

LA Galaxy have also been linked with Juventus' Andrea Pirlo, who could potentially leave Italy as he has just a year left on his contract with the Champions League runners-up.

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