Giovani dos Santos excited to join ex-Tottenham teammate Robbie Keane, Steven Gerrard at LA Galaxy

Giovani Dos Santos

The 26-year-old Mexico international was confirmed as the MLS Cup holders' third and final Designated Player last week.

LA Galaxy new boy Giovani dos Santos has revealed his excitement at the opportunity to play with former Tottenham Hotspur teammate Robbie Keane and Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard at the MLS club.

The 26-year-old Mexico playmaker was speaking to the Galaxy’s official website after being confirmed as the team’s latest big-name addition last week, ending a long-running pursuit which goes as far back as 2011.

Arriving from La Liga side Villarreal for around $7 million [£4.5 million], he will now form part of a high-powered attack at the StuHub Center which also features club captain Keane and fellow summer signing Gerrard.

He is more than familiar with his new skipper, having been teammates at Tottenham between 2009 and 2011, when the Irishman took a special interest in helping him adjust to life in England, but the two-time World Cup veteran is also relishing the chance to link up with the club’s other star man.

“As a player, you always want to play with the great players,” he told lagalaxy.com. “For me, I think I made the right decision to come to MLS, with a really important team that I think is the best in the league.

“I already know Robbie from my time at Tottenham. He’s a great player and top striker. He has great skills and is a quality player with experience, so it’s a pleasure [to play with him].

“With Stevie, it’s a pleasure to play with him too. I think he’s one of the best players in the history of football and I hope I can learn a lot of things from him.”

Dos Santos’ struggles at Tottenham were well-documented, having managed just three goals in 31 total appearances for the club before leaving for Real Mallorca in 2012, while he also scored just once in 26 league games for Villarreal last term.

However, the ex-Barcelona prospect is just two seasons removed from an 11-goal La Liga campaign and, as one of the stars of the Mexico national team, should prove a huge hit among the Latino population of Southern California.

Even Gerrard, who made his MLS debut in last week’s 5-2 thumping of archrivals San Jose Earthquakes, has admitted to being a long-time admirer of the skilful no. 10, telling lagalaxy.com: "I'm very excited. I chatted with him a few weeks week, I told him what I thought [about the move] and I said that I was excited to play with him.

“Now that the signing is done and complete, we're looking forward to giving him a huge welcome. He's certainly someone who will help the squad. He's very clever, he's very intelligent and he comes alive in the final third. We're hoping that he could create some chances and score goals for us."

With the MLS Cup holders now boasting one of the strongest attacks the league has seen in quite some time, Bruce Arena’s men look like an excellent bet to claim an unprecedented fourth title in five seasons.

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