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Thursday 23 October 2014

Robbie rules out loan move to England

ROBBIE KEANE has disappointed a host of struggling English Premier League clubs by claiming that he has no plans to go out on loan when the transfer window opens next month as he concentrates on regaining his fitness.

Keane had an impressive spell on loan to Aston Villa during the off season in the MLS this time last year and a number of sides, including Villa, Sunderland, QPR and Norwich, were all linked with a short-term deal for Keane. But the Ireland captain, currently on a break back home in Dublin, insists that's not on the agenda as he concentrates on his LA Galaxy future.

"I am going to rest up and get ready for next season with the Galaxy. I haven't even thought about taking up with any other teams, I have a few little niggles that I have to sort out before I even contemplate making any decisions," says Keane.

"There has been a lot of speculation and a few clubs are interested but it wouldn't be right for me to go anywhere if I wasn't 100 per cent fit and ready. I don't have any major problems, just an Achilles injury, but if that isn't right, I won't be going anywhere," added Keane, who was in Dublin promoting 3's #BringingEveryoneCloser campaign.

"Two-thousand-and-thirteen is going to be a big year for Ireland in March -- two very important games.

"They will dictate where the teams will go so we look forward to it and hopefully it'll be a lucky year for us.

"Sweden and Austria are the two teams that are going to be around us.

"I didn't see the game but I heard Sweden were very good against England and I think they are similar to us, not too many differences.

"When you look at Germany, it's fair to say, they will win the group and it's up to us to finish second as we always do and go into a play off.

"We are still in with a shout and these two games are make or break but we have as much chance as anyone else."

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