Saturday 20 January 2018

Keane remains tight-lipped on Spurs future

ROBBIE KEANE was last night crowned the FAI International Player of the Year for 2009 -- but remained tight lipped about his future at club level.

"I'm staying at Spurs until someone tells me differently. If someone tells me differently, I'll move, but I think I'll be there," said Keane, who spent the second half of last season with Celtic and has been persistently linked with a move away from the Londoners.

He expects to play Champions League football with Spurs this term, and believes Aiden McGeady should do the same by embracing a £9.5m move to Spartak Moscow.

"I don't think it would do him any harm to go over there for a year or two and, who knows, after that he could have his pick of clubs" said Keane,

"He's a tremendous player. I spoke to him and he's obviously got a good offer. He's got some balls going over there.

"You've got to respect him for it."

Keane was honoured after an outstanding 12 months for his country, which included five competitive goals.

Shamrock Rovers striker Gary Twigg, who had earlier made a goalscoring contribution to his side's victory over Bohemians, rounded off the perfect day by picking up the League of Ireland award in recognition of his performances last season after his move from Scotland.

Full list of winners

Senior: Robbie Keane. Goal of the Year: Robbie Keane

v France, Nov 18 2009

Young Player: Darron Gibson

U-21: Seamus Coleman

U-19: Lanre Oyebanjo

U-17: Stephen McDonnell

U-16: John O'Sullivan

Airtricity League: Gary Twigg

Intermediate: Ken Hoey

Junior: Wayne Fitzgerald

Football For All: Luke Evans

Women: Niamh Fahey

U-19 Women: Julienne Russell

U-17 Women: Dora Gorman

FAI Schools: Shane Howard

Hall of Fame: Ray Treacy

Special Merit: Olivia O'Toole

International Personality of the Year: Riccardo Villa

Irish Independent

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