Robbie Keane is arguably in the best form of his life. He picked up the Major League Soccer MVP Award a few weeks ago and fired the LA Galaxy to their record fifth MLS Cup title too. But he’s not looking to continue playing through the offseason.
The 34-year-old see’s himself playing for at least three more years and so he needs to keep himself fresh for the upcoming MLS season which gets underway in March.
And so Keane has ruled out a return to the Premier League in a short-term loan spell this winter, he confirmed to the Irish Independent.
“I’ve been asked to go on loan by clubs, mostly in the Premier League, but it’s not going to happen,” said Keane.
“Medically, I’ve been advised to take a break. Two days after I came home from America last year, I had the operation on both of my Achilles and was back doing intensive training two days later. That’s 22 months without a break, so I need one now.
“After a few weeks off, I start to get the itch and I’ve got that now. I was playing five-a-side with my mates 10 days after the MLS Cup final. I feel the best I’ve felt for years.
“Our break [in MLS] is that little bit longer so I feel the temptation is there only because I love playing the game.
“Although that’s there, I just can’t see a loan happening, to be honest.”
The Irish striker will return to Ireland with the Galaxy in February to face Shamrock Rovers in a pre-season friendly and he feels he has plenty left in the tank
Keane admits that he has not thought about retirement and believes he could play for another four years.
“I see myself playing for three or four more years, 100 percent, so I need to be honest with everyone that my future is beyond next year,” he added.
“And for me to concentrate on playing for Ireland, and focus on playing in the Euros, I have to look beyond then. I never said I was going to leave the Galaxy, but I need to see what’s best for myself in the long term.
“That’s the reason I was being honest, too much perhaps, but I don’t want to see myself going into the Euros year [in 2016] wondering what’s going to happen.”