Robbie Keane out to emulate former Tottenham teammate and Manchester United legend

Robbie Keane

The LA Galaxy skipper is aiming to play past the age of 40 like fellow ex-Premier League stars Teddy Sheringham and Ryan Giggs.

LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane has told of his plans to emulate the likes of Ryan Giggs and ex-Tottenham Hotspur teammate Teddy Sheringham in keeping his career going past 40.

Keane, 34, won his first league MVP award in 2014 after recording 19 goals and 14 assists in 29 regular-season games, before going on to seal LA their third MLS Cup in four seasons with the extra-time decider in December’s 2-1 win over the New England Revolution.

The Irish striker has shown no signs of slowing down since arriving in the States from Tottenham Hotspur in August 2011 and, while he is in the midst of completing his UEFA A Licence course as he plans for a future in coaching, is determined to remain on the pitch for as long as possible.

“I feel a lot better than I have done for a long time,” Keane said. “Last year I had the operations and it was six weeks of rehab. With this offseason I had time to relax when I was back home.

“If I feel the way I feel now, of course I want to play as long as I can. I look at people like Teddy Sheringham and Ryan Giggs, who both played for a long time. As long as I look after myself and keep myself fit.

“That’s why it is important in the offseason that you look after yourself physically and keep yourself ticking over. I do a little bit of yoga.

“It’s certainly good for stretching but I would be very flexible anyway. For me it’s just about the hunger to want to play and the drive to do well, score goals and compete at the highest level. That more than anything motivates me.”

Now preparing for the March start of the 2015 season, Keane will see former Liverpool colleague Steven Gerrard join him at the StubHub Center in the summer, and revealed that he has spoken to the Reds skipper on a number of occasions ahead of his scheduled arrival.

“I’m looking forward to it,” he added. “I've obviously spoken to him and he’s excited about it and he’s looking forward to a new challenge. He will be a great addition to our squad.”

LA might have lost MLS and US soccer legend Landon Donovan to retirement in the offseason, as well as traded midfield stalwart Marcelo Sarvas to the Colorado Rapids, but, with both Keane and Gerrard set to link up for the second half of the campaign, should still be among the leading contenders to add another championship to their collection.

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