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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Robbie set for India move but Claudine may not go with him

Robbie and Claudine
Robbie and Claudine

Robbie Keane looks set to make the big move to India after signing with Super League side Atletico de Kolkata - but it looks like his wife Claudine might not be following suit.

The legendary footballer finalised his move to the Indian side in Dubai yesterday and said the opportunity to experience a new league and a new culture was too good to pass up.

But friends of his wife reckon the former Miss Ireland might not be so eager to move to India yet, with her son Robert (8) already settled in school in Dublin.

Change

"I can't see Claudine moving yet. I imagine she'll stay," a source close to the model told the Herald.

"She has Robert in school here and he is happy. India would be a huge change.

"When they came back from living in LA, I think the whole idea was that they would be spending more time in Ireland for a while.

"I don't know for sure what she'll do, but I would be very surprised."

Robbie and Claudine lived the high life in Beverly Hills with Robert and their one-year-old son Hudson, until Robbie announced he would be leaving LA Galaxy in November after six years with the club.

The couple soon moved back to Dublin where Claudine said her eldest son had really settled "into the Irish way" and that she and Robbie were "really enjoying" their time at home.

Robert had his First Holy Communion with the family celebrating at Old Street Restaurant in Malahide earlier this summer.

The pair also got to celebrate Robbie's 37th birthday at home this year.

They were joined by a group of family and friends in city centre hotspot House in July after they had enjoyed a date at the Coldplay gig.

While Claudine has found a "great community" back at home, the Dubliner also admitted she is "always on edge" as travel is a necessary aspect of Robbie's career.

"I don't think I'll ever fully be in one place and that's it," she said.

"There's always going to be an element of travel, but it's exciting. It's trying to find that perfect balance."

Speaking about his move, Robbie said he hopes to bring his new team more success.

"I feel extremely fortunate to have played for some of the best clubs in England and the USA, as well as representing my country at several major tournaments," he said.

Success

"To join the current Indian Super League champions is a great pleasure and through hard work I hope to bring the ATK fans more success and enjoyment over the course of the 2017/2018 season."

The footballer will also be reuniting with former Tottenham teammate Teddy Sheringham, who is head coach of Atletico de Kolkata.

"I am sure ATK's striking abilities will be bolstered with Robbie," Teddy said.

Robbie first joined Spurs in 2002 and played there for seven-and-a-half years in two spells, scoring 23 goals to crown his most prolific season in 2007-08.

On home turf, he is best known for scoring 68 goals for Ireland over an 18-year career, making him the all-time record Irish scorer.

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