Thursday 23 November 2017

Indian summer goes on for Keane with Kolkata move

 

Robbie Keane. Photo: Sportsfile
Robbie Keane. Photo: Sportsfile
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Robbie Keane is headed for India for the next stage of his football journey after agreeing a deal with Super League champions Atletico de Kolkata.

Ireland's all-time record goalscorer will be linking up with his old Spurs team-mate Teddy Sheringham who is the manager of the emerging club.

He did have options in England with a reunion under Harry Redknapp at Birmingham mooted but it's understood that Keane - who has been training with Shamrock Rovers since leaving LA Galaxy last winter - was attracted by the idea of travelling to pastures new for a shorter season.

"The offer to experience a new league and culture in Asia appealed to me," said the 37-year-old.

India's top flight is entering its fourth season and this term there will be an extended schedule from November to March.

Atletico de Kolkata have won two of the three previous titles. They used to have a relationship with Spanish giants Atletico Madrid but franchise owner Sanjiv Goenka bought out their shares. He says Keane is the perfect fit for the club's ambitious plans.

"He remains supremely fit and is the kind of player who can take the game to new heights," said Goenka. "Robbie is excited at the prospect of playing in India in general and Calcutta in particular."

Meanwhile, Ireland defender Kevin Long has completed a dream year by signing a new three-year Burnley deal. The 26-year-old made his first Premier League start in May and then broke into Martin O'Neill's side.

Irish Independent

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