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Robbie Keane says no to Premier League loan deals, talks MLS future

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Robbie Keane’s rich vein of form for club and country had many European clubs monitoring his postseason plans.

But apart from playing for Ireland, the L.A. Galaxy forward won’t be taking the field much until February. That’s when he’ll don the Galaxy uniform for a preseason friendly in his home country.

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Keane was on hand as the Shamrock Rovers announced a friendly with the Galaxy for Feb. 21, and made several remarks on his future.


“I’ve been asked to go on loan by clubs, mostly in the Premier League, but it’s not going to happen,” admitted Keane yesterday, sitting in the Glenmalure Suite.

“Medically, I’ve been advised to take a break. Two days I after I came home from America last year, I had the operation on both of my Achilles and was back doing intensive training two days later. That’s 22 months without a break, so I need one now.

“After a few weeks off, I start to get the itch and I’ve got that now. I was playing five-a-side with my mates 10 days after the MLS Cup final. I feel the best I’ve felt for years.

Keane also said he just loves playing the game, but doesn’t expect to accept loan offers. Other highlights:

-- He expects to play “three or four more years”

-- He’s unsure about his immediate future because, reading between the lines, he’d like assurances about his future as he plans for what he hopes will be a Euro year in 2016. His contract with LA will end after this season.

“I never said I was going to leave the Galaxy but I need to see what’s best for myself in the long term,” he 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.”

-- As for the Euros, he feels Ireland has a great chance to qualify.

Read the whole thing here, but it sounds like Keane isn’t exactly committal on his future despite being at a press conference promoting a Galaxy friendly in Ireland. Any reason to be concerned, L.A. fans?

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