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Saturday 22 September 2018

Robbie rules out loan move

US coach Bruce Arena. Picture credit: REUTERS/Shaun Best
US coach Bruce Arena. Picture credit: REUTERS/Shaun Best

ROBBIE KEANE has ruled out a return to England on loan over the winter as he commits his long-term future to LA Galaxy.

The Ireland captain has in the past used the winter break in the MLS to return to these shores, with a spell on loan to Aston Villa, but because he wants to rest his body ahead of the new season next year, a spell in the England is not on the cards.

Keane has verbally agreed a new two-year deal with Galaxy and he wants to use his down-time over December and January to allow his body to rest, as well as starting out on the road to coaching by taking his coaching badges in Dublin.

"With the Achilles injury I have had, I wouldn't think so," Keane said when asked about a possible January loan spell in England.

"I have been speaking to the doctor here and I will sit down in the next week and see where we go. I may have to get a cleanout, or maybe do rehab to make sure that it doesn't come back."

Keane also maintained that he was intent on continuing his international career alongside his new deal with LA Galaxy.

Problems

Travelling to Europe to play for Ireland can cause problems for the club and last month their boss Bruce Arena (pictured) asked the FAI to excuse Keane from international duty so he could play for the club.

"It never has and I would never let anybody put me in that situation," Keane said when asked if part of his new contract with the club involved him backing off from Ireland duty.

"I haven't signed it yet but it is verbally agreed, two and possibly three years. I am excited about that, it shows you how much faith they have in me to give me that contract. Usually when you hit the 30 mark you get a one-year rolling contract to see how you are so it goes to show the faith they have in me to give me that contract, and I will play on as long as I feel healthy and fit.

"At the moment I feel good, I have a few niggles which I have had in the past and I will look at that, the time I'll have off will be good for me to do that, but I will continue as long as I can."

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