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Robbie Keane happy in LA but would 'consider' move to League of Ireland

Published 27/07/2015 | 02:30

Robbie Keane has played for LA Galaxy since 2011
Robbie Keane has played for LA Galaxy since 2011

Ireland striker Robbie Keane will "certainly consider" any offers he may get to finish out his career in the League of Ireland, but it won't be for "a few more years".

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The 35-year-old star says that he hasn't thought about following in Damien Duff's steps, but wouldn't rule it out.

Keane, who has played for LA Galaxy since 2011, said that he's open to offers in the long term.

Earlier this month, Duff (36) signed an 18-month contract with Shamrock Rovers. The move is a massive coup for the League of Ireland, with officials hopeful Duff could start a trend.

Speaking to the Irish Independent in LA, Keane said that he was "delighted for Duffer".

"Obviously for Shamrock Rovers to get a player of his quality is incredible," he said.

"I know he always wanted to move back home. He's going to a great team, he's got a good manager and a good squad of players, and he's going to be in my home town of Tallaght," Keane said.

Asked if he would like to end his career in a similar fashion, Ireland's all-time top goalscorer replied: "I don't know. I'm not too sure. It's something hopefully a good few years down the line. I'd never say never."

He added: "I haven't really thought about it to be honest. I'm here for a few more years. If in the future an opportunity came, I'd certainly consider it."

But Keane, who is reported to be earning €70,000 a week at LA Galaxy, suggested he has taken to the western American lifestyle.

"It's very relaxed for the family. Lots to do outdoors, especially with my son," he said.

Keane and wife, Claudine, are ambassadors for Special Olympics Ireland, who have 88 athletes taking part in the World Games in LA this week.

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