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Robbie Keane commits to LA Galaxy

Updated: Thursday, 14 Nov 2013 16:46 | Comments

Robbie Keane will spend January in Ireland attempting to gain coaching qualifications
Robbie Keane will spend January in Ireland attempting to gain coaching qualifications

Robbie Keane has agreed a contract extension with Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy that could see him remain in California until the end of 2016.

Keane, who joined the Galaxy in 2011, was full of praise for both the club and the league.

"I've just verbally agreed a two-year contract, maybe extending to three," Keane told Sky Sports.

"I'm certainly excited about that and playing for the Galaxy in the future. I didn't think I was going to go there and then come back to the Premier League, but I'm enjoying my football there and the club has been very good to me.

"As soon as you hit that 30 age mark in football, people are reluctant to give you contracts but this will be the third contract I've signed since I've been there and it shows the faith they have in me.

"Since I've been there, it's been a strong league. It's a tough league because of the structure that works there with everyone competing at roughly the same level. Every team can beat every other, so it's very competitive.

"When people come over to play in it, I always tell them, 'don't think you're coming over for a holiday'. There's a lot of pressure on the three designated players (each team can sign three players outside of the league's salary cap) as people are expecting you to deliver all the time."

After last week’s MLS Cup play-off defeat to Real Salt Lake, Keane has turned his attention to gaining his coaching qualifications.

"I've still got a good few years left in me," the 33-year-old insisted.

"But I'm looking to do my coaching badges in January in Ireland.

"The FAI has a good structure here to help players if they want to do that. It's something I'm passionate about and need to get into if I want to stay in the game."

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