The Republic of Ireland striker was coy about Lampard's potential arrival to the Galaxy but admitted that he would welcome the Chelsea midfielderHARRISON, N.J. -- With the Los Angeles Galaxy expected to start their quest for a third consecutive title, Robbie Keane hopes that he will see Frank Lampard at the Home Depot Center shortly.
"Listen, we need players like that, and bringing in a Frank Lampard would obviously be good for the team," Keane said. "So hopefully, we will see him soon."
Goal.com reported in January that Lampard's agreement with Los Angeles was "all but done," and all parties involved remain quiet about the speculation revolving about a possible move. Keane, who has a relationship with Lampard's uncle Harry Redknapp, was coy about whether or not he got involved with recruiting the Chelsea midfielder who is available on a free transfer at the end of the Premier League season.
"Next question," he replied when pushed further on the issue.
With Lampard seemingly closer to being becoming David Beckham's replacement, the future of another Galaxy star remains uncertain.
Landon Donovan told Goal.com last August that he was considering retirement in 2013 and while he has told head coach Bruce Arena that he expects to be back, no timetable has been set for his return. Keane admits that he hasn't spoken with Donovan since the end of last season but said what ever decision the American makes should be respected.
"You have to respect someone's decision about what they want to do with their life," Keane said. "For me, I enjoy being paid to do what I love. I can only speak on my experience, you have to respect someone's decision."
He added, "If you need time off, you need time off."
As the Galaxy's only Designated Player currently at training camp, Keane acknowledges that he will have more of leadership position this season but explains that he is more than capable of performing that role having been a captain of numerous clubs as well as the Republic of Ireland's national team.
"I've been captain for a long time with certain clubs and my country so for me, it'll be the same. When things aren't going well, you have to be the one who tries to help people around you so. But you have to do that always," Keane stated.
Keane also touched on his decision to re-sign with the Galaxy after there was speculation of a possible move to Queens Park Rangers in January. The former Tottenham star said that it was an easy decision considering his success in MLS so far and expressed his happiness in being in a growing league.
"I was happy here and there was no reason for me not to sign," Keane said. "There's a lot of players in England that I speak to now even, younger players that want to come over here and play... I was training with Tottenham for a couple weeks and a lot of the lads were asking how the league is going. "
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