Robbie Keane confirms he is leaving LA Galaxy at the end of 2016
Robbie Keane has confirmed that his five-year stint at LA Galaxy is coming to an end, as he penned an open letter to the club’s supporters to bring down the curtain on his career in California.
Keane’s future has been the subject of speculation in recent months after he slipped down the pecking order in Bruce Arena’s side, with the Dubliner frustrated to be left on the bench for Galaxy’s MLS play-off defeat against Colorado Rapid earlier this month.
Now he has confirmed that he is ending his stay at Galaxy, in a letter that was posted on the club’s website.
“I can confirm that after five fantastic years I will be leaving the LA Galaxy,” he wrote.
“It's been a privilege to have played my part in the history of such a great club and I leave with memories that will stay with me forever.
“Winning three MLS Cups, scoring over 100 goals for the club and being named as 2014 MVP are all achievements that I will look back on with pride, it's been an incredible experience, I've truly loved every minute of my time at LA Galaxy.
“However, I believe that now is the right time for a new challenge as I look towards the next chapter of my playing career.
“I would like to thank everyone at the Galaxy including the board, manager and all of my teammates for their incredible support during my time in LA. Finally, I would like to thank the most important people at the club: the fans. Thank you for welcoming me as one of your own and for helping to make LA such a special place for both me and my family.
“The city has become my second home and I will never forget the unbelievable backing you've given me during my time at the Galaxy. The great times we have shared will stay with me forever.
“I look forward to watching the club continue to grow and progress in the coming years. It's been an honour to captain your team and I am so proud of everything we have achieved together. Thank you for everything.”
Keane is keen to continue his goal-laden career, as he suggested his retirement from international football gives him a chance to launch a career at a new club.
“I still feel as fit and sharp as ever and I am looking forward to my next adventure,” he added.
“Having now retired from international football I am ready to focus everything I have on one last major challenge in club football and will be taking time out to consider my options before announcing my next move.”
Keane may be offered a chance to have a final hurrah in America with another MLS club, with a return to English football unlikely at the age of 36.