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Keane plans to stay in LA

1 December 2012 05:39

Robbie Keane has done his best to dispel any notion he is looking to leave LA Galaxy anytime soon ahead of Saturday's MLS Cup.

The Republic of Ireland international has been a major hit during his time in Los Angeles, so much so that his future in MLS has been called into question a number of times.

But, despite moves back to Europe being mooted, the ex-Tottenham and Liverpool forward plans to stay for the foreseeable future.

"I'm really enjoying my time here, and as long as I keep enjoying myself and as long as I keep letting my football do the talking I'll be very happy to stay," Keane told reporters at a press conference on Friday.

"I look forward to a number of years here."

The Irish striker has not always spoken so definitively about his MLS future.

Following a successful loan spell with Aston Villa at the start of 2012, Keane had hinted at a move back to England.

In 32 regular-season games with the team this season, the striker has scored 18 goals and added 10 assists, while in five play-off games he has netted five times.

He was named in the 2012 MLS Best XI earlier this week, and will take part in his second consecutive MLS Cup when Galaxy take on Houston Dynamo.

"I'm very happy and very content here," Keane insisted.

"When you're playing in a team like this and getting to championship finals every year, for me this is the second year in a row, so that certainly does help."

The 2012 MLS Cup is a rematch of last year's season decider, which ended 1-0 in Galaxy's favour thanks to a goal from Landon Donovan but LA's captain does not believe consecutive finals means he takes success for granted.

"The years from 2006 through 2008 or 2009 really taught me to appreciate how hard it is to win and to get to this point," Donovan said.

"I probably did take it for granted early on but now and in particular being a captain and seeing what goes on day to day, you realise how much hard work goes into this."

LA head coach Bruce Arena expects a tight contest against Houston.

"We have the greatest respect for our opponent," Arena said.

"This is a match-up of two teams in pretty good form and should make for a pretty good game."

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