IRELAND CAPTAIN Robbie Keane has confirmed rumors of his retirement by signing to US football team LA Galaxy yesterday.
The move comes after months of speculation he was hanging up his boots after he was spotted looking at LA Galaxy retirement brochures by his fellow Tottenham team mates.
“We just came into the dressing room one day and we seen him sitting there reading the LA Galaxy brochure. We knew straight away we were losing one of the greats players of all time.” said Spurs striker Peter Crouch.
It was hardly a surprise the 31-year-old, who will join fellow retired footballer David Beckham, should choose such a luxurious footballing retirement home, after a pension plan of £3.5m was sealed by his former club.
“I’m pushing on now and needed somewhere decent to rest these old dogs. LA Galaxy is world renowned for its care and treatment of retirees.” said Keane.
“David (Beckham) sent me the leaflets and advised me to come over for a look at the centre. To be honest, the deal was sealed when he mentioned about the golf membership plan and pitch side players box for all the Galaxy games.
“I can’t wait to just relax for the next few years.” he added
Keanes’ role within the footballing retirement home has still to be outlined, although there could be an opening available with the landscaping end of the grounds, where Beckham has been acting alone since his own retirement two years ago.
Keane will also be granted a testimonial, that will take place in October.
“This game has lost a truly unbelievable player this week.” said Spurs manager, Harry Redknapp.
“Robbie has always been fully committed to this club and I am delighted he will be be going to a good home.
“He has always been inspirational to players of all ages and we know that he will be happy in the LA Galaxy retirement home for footballers.”
Keane will also join Beckham, Juan Pablo Angel and Landon Donovan, all of whom have also played in the Premier League.
Keane’s departure brings to an end his second spell at White Hart Lane. The 31-year-old made 254 appearances for Spurs during his first stint between 2002 and 2008, during which time he scored 107 goals and quickly became a fan favorite.
He was the captain of the Irish national team, for whom he has amassed 108 caps. With 51 goals, he was Ireland’s all-time record goal-scorer, having become the first Irish player to score 50 international goals in June 2011.
Robbie Keanes footballing career spanned an amazing fourteen years 1997-2011. WWN wishes him all the best for his twilight years.