LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane eager for long-term MLS partnership with Steven Gerrard

Robbie Keane

The ex-Tottenham Hotspur striker is in talks to extend his contract ahead of linking up with his former Liverpool teammate in the summer.

LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane has revealed that he is in talks to prolong his stay with the MLS club ahead of Steven Gerrard’ summer arrival, MLSsoccer.com has reported.

Keane, 34, got the reigning MLS Cup champions’ title defence off to a winning start in last week’s 2015 season opener, scoring the second goal in a 2-0 home win over the Chicago Fire.

It looks set to be another fruitful campaign for the Irish striker, who claimed 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 clincher in December’s 2-1 final win over the New England Revolution.

Nevertheless, the former Tottenham Hotspur star still isn’t quite satisfied with the three championships and, while a return home to Ireland remains a potential option down the road, negotiations have now begun to extend his current deal past 2015.

“I hate to say never [about returning home] because you just don’t know what’s going to happen in the future,” he said. “I’ve still got a year left at the Galaxy and we’re negotiating another contract at the moment, so that will keep me there for a few more years.

“Who knows? But it’s certainly not something at the moment that I’m looking at. But in the future you don’t know. After I finish playing, it is the coaching that I want to get into.”

One of the reasons Keane is so eager to prolong his time in MLS is the chance for an extended partnership with former Liverpool teammate Gerrard, who is set to arrive at the StubHub Center when his Reds contract expires at the end of the Premier League campaign.

LA might have lost US soccer legend Landon Donovan to retirement in the offseason, but the Republic of Ireland international envisages several more MLS Cup titles to come with the ex-England skipper on board.

“Steven [Gerrard] is going to be a huge addition to the squad. He is a fantastic player and he’s a great lad also," Keane said. "I know by speaking to him that he’s very, very excited and looking forward to it.

“It’s a completely different challenge than what he’s used to. I left Ireland when I was 15, he’s been in Liverpool all of his life and he’s never left there, so it will be different for him. I won’t say it will be difficult for him to live in LA, but I know he’s excited about it.”

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