LA Galaxy have officially announced that they have signed Robbie Keane from Tottenham, in a deal worth an initial £2.2 million and a two-year contract that will net the Irishman £6m, as confirmed by Goal.com earlier today.
Keane has spoken of his desire to play in America before, and told his new club's official website today: “I am delighted, honoured and very excited to be joining the LA Galaxy.
“I have always wanted to come and play in MLS so it’s the perfect combination for me and a dream come true. My family and I have already been made to feel very welcome in telephone calls from Tim Leiweke and Bruce Arena.
“Also, when David Beckham came and trained at Spurs recently he couldn't speak highly enough about the Galaxy, their fans and the league in general, so I can’t wait to get over and get started.
“I have already discussed football with Bruce Arena and I know exactly what he wants from me.
“I am fit, fresh and ready to go. I've come here to score goals and help this team achieve their goals. This is a massive opportunity for me in my career. I aim to grab it with both hands and hopefully help give the Galaxy fans what they want.”
LA Galaxy manager Arena spoke of his delight at making this signing, and feels he will add quality to the side.
“Robbie Keane will be a great addition to our club. I have followed his career and have always respected his ability as a competitor and a goalscorer," he said.
“I believe that he brings qualities in and around the penalty area that we have been lacking. Hopefully, he will be another piece of the puzzle in our quest for the Supporters’ Shield and an MLS Cup championship as well as to advance to the next round of the Concacaf Champions League.”
Keane has endured a torrid time since spending just six months at Liverpool in 2008 before returning to Tottenham and being sent out on loan to Celtic and West Ham.