Robbie Keane won’t be loaned to Premier League club
Robbie Keane says he won’t make a Premier League loan move this January, citing the need to rest his body during LA Galaxy’s off season.
The 34-year-old, who was named Major League Soccer’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) this season as Galaxy lifted the MLS Cup, said he would not be making a temporary switch to England but admitted that he was tempted by the offers.
Keane previously had a successful short-term loan from Galaxy during the 2012-13 campaign, making six appearances for Aston Villa and scoring three goals.
Queens Park Rangers were thought to be particularly keen on signing Keane on loan this January transfer window. The Ireland captain played under QPR boss Harry Redknapp during his second spell at Tottenham from 2009 to 2011.
“I’ve been asked to go on loan,” Keane said.
“Medically, I’ve been advised to take a break, but I do get the itch.
“I’ve got the itch now, 100%. I was playing five-a-side with my mates 10 days after the [MLS] Cup final. That’s the way I am. I do get tempted because I do love playing and I feel the best I’ve felt.”
Keane is under contract with LA Galaxy for another year and admits he started the speculation over his long-term future by stating that he would consider his options after the MLS Cup win.
However, Ireland’s record scorer says he is happy in Los Angeles and may well stay in the MLS.
“I never said I was going to leave the Galaxy but I need to see what’s best for myself in the long term,” Keane said.
“That’s the reason I was being honest, too much perhaps, but I don’t want to see myself going the Euros year [in 2016] wondering what’s going to happen.”
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