Tuesday 6 December 2016

Robbie Keane quits LA Galaxy to seek 'one last challenge'

Dean Gray

Published 18/11/2016 | 02:30

Robbie Keane Picture: Sportsfile
Robbie Keane Picture: Sportsfile

Former Ireland striker Robbie Keane has confirmed that his five-year stint at LA Galaxy is coming to an end.

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The 36-year-old, inset, penned an open letter saying he has no plans to retire and will seek one last challenge in club football.

Keane's future has been the subject of speculation in recent months.

The Dubliner was frustrated to be left on the bench for Galaxy's MLS play-off defeat against Colorado Rapid.

He said now felt like "the right time for a new challenge".

"I look towards the next chapter of my playing career," Keane wrote. "I still feel as fit and sharp as ever, and I am looking forward to my next adventure.

"Having now retired from international football, I am ready to focus everything I have on one last major challenge in club football and will be taking time out to consider my options before announcing my next move."

In his stint with LA Galaxy he has helped them win three MLS Cups, scoring over 100 goals and providing more than 50 assists.

Keane joined Galaxy in August 2011 after a club career that included 80 goals for Spurs.

His announcement of his departure comes after England midfielder Steven Gerrard said he would be leaving the team.

"The city has become my second home," Keane said.

"The great times we have shared will stay with me forever. I look forward to watching the club continue to grow and progress in the coming years. It's been an honour to captain your team and I am so proud of everything we have achieved together."

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