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Friday 22 September 2017

Keane has hunger for Villa fight

ROBBIE KEANE has vowed to show his hunger by |fighting for his place in the Aston Villa team after |completing his protracted loan move today.

Weeks of negotiations with LA Galaxy ended this morning when Villa |confirmed that they had finally agreed a two-month loan deal, with Keane likely to make his debut at home to Everton on Saturday.

Villa have struggled for goals this season, scoring just 22 times in 20 league games, but Keane says he still expects to battle for a place in the side.

“I've been training with the players here for the past few days and it's been great, but I'm not naïve enough to think I'll just walk straight into the team,” Keane said today after sealing a deal which keeps him at Villa until February 25.

That offers Keane a chance to play in seven games for Alex McLeish's side as well as Ireland's friendly against the Czech Republic on February 29 before he returns to LA.

“I'm delighted to be back in the Premier League. It's only for two months but I will do my absolute best in these two months,” added Keane.

“Villa is a great club, a club with a massive tradition and standing in the game and Villa Park is one of the finest stadiums I've ever played in.”

Keane becomes the sixth Irish member of the Villa first team squad, joining fellow Dubs Richard Dunne and Enda Stevens as well as Shay Given, Ciaran Clark and Stephen Ireland.

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