Monday 18 December 2017

'I hope to bring the ATK fans more success and enjoyment' - Robbie Keane completes move to Indian side

Harry Redknapp wanted to bring Keane to Birmingham but the veteran has opted for India. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile
Harry Redknapp wanted to bring Keane to Birmingham but the veteran has opted for India. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile

Republic of Ireland's record goalscorer Robbie Keane has completed his move to Indian Super League side Atletico de Kolkata.

Keane finalised the move to the Indian side in Dubai today and will link up with former Tottenham team-mate Teddy Sheringham, who is head coach of  Atletico de Kolkata.

"I feel extremely fortunate to have played for some of the best clubs in England and the USA, as well as representing my country at several major tournaments," said Keane in a statement obtained by Independent.ie via Sportskeeda.

"At this stage of my career, the offer to experience a new league and culture in Asia appealed to me. To join the current Indian Super League champions is a great pleasure and through hardwork I hope to bring the ATK fans more success and enjoyment over the course of the 2017/2018 season."

Sheringham, who played alongside Keane during the 2002/2003 Premier League season, added: "I am sure ATK’s striking abilities will be bolstered with Robbie in the side. I am sure the young Indian players we have selected from the domestic draft will learn from him about the way he goes about preparing for a major tournament like ISL."

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