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Wednesday 24 September 2014

Robbie Keane relishing Man United challenge

Published 22/07/2014 | 19:17

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LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane
LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane

Robbie Keane is relishing the prospect of lining out for the LA Galaxy in a friendly against Man United tomorrow - but the Ireland striker insists he does not miss life in England.

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Louis van Gaal will take charge of United for the first time in the match at the Rose Bowl and Keane is looking forward to seeing familiar faces.

“It's a friendly game, so preparation for them for their upcoming season. For us we're in the mix of a season halfway through,” said Keane. “I think it will be a good test for the younger players, good experience to play against top players.

"I know they're looking forward to it. And of course I am [looking forward to] seeing players I've played against for a long time. I'm looking forward to it.”

Keane spent a month on loan at Aston Villa two years ago, but he opted against returning to the Premier League last season despite interest from several clubs.

"I don't hanker for England, not at all," the striker said.

"I speak to a lot of players in England, but my routine has completely changed.

"My summer is playing now and I have Christmas off.

"That is quite nice. I spent my first time in Ireland for 17 years at Christmas.

"I look forward to it again this Christmas. It has completely changed for me.

"Going back is not something I have looked into too much."

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