Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane has signed a two-year contract extension with LA Galaxy, keeping him at the MLS club until the end of the 2015 season. 

Keane has also ruled out a winter loan move to the Premier League this year, despite being linked with several English clubs.

The ex-Tottenham and Liverpool striker had a spell at Aston Villa during last year's MLS off-season, but says that he needs to rest after a long year, which included last summer's Euro 2012 campaign.

The 32-year-old told Sky Sports: "I had another year left and they offered me a new contract at the end of last season. I've just signed a new two-year contract.

"It's been a long season, with the Euros and what have you.

“I've a few little niggles that need to be sorted out so I don't think at this moment in time it would be right for me to go anywhere."

Ireland face Sweden and Austria in March in a crucial double-header which will go a long way towards determining their Group C fate.

LA Galaxy begin their MLS campaign on 3 March giving Keane just under three weeks to get match-fit for the World Cup qualifiers.