Gareth Bale sends message to Tottenham legend Robbie Keane

Newly appointed Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy (Center), with  newly appointed assistant coaches, Robbie Keane (Right), and Terry Connor (Left), following a press conference at...

Spurs icon Keane has announced his retirement from professional football.

Newly appointed Republic of Ireland assistant coach, Robbie Keane, following a press conference at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

Gareth Bale has applauded Tottenham Hotspur legend Robbie Keane on his career after the Real Madrid star's ex-Spurs teammate called time on an illustrious playing career.

Keane has called time at the age of 38 after a short stint as player manager of Indian Super League side ATK, since receiving messages from ex-teammates and admirers from all over the country.

 

The Spurs icon turned out for the likes of Leeds United, Spurs, Inter Milan and Liverpool, before moving to the States with LA Galaxy where he played alongside Ashley Cole, Steven Gerrard and David Beckham.

His former Spurs teammate Bale, who continues to shine for Real Madrid and Wales, posted a heartfelt message to Keane on Twitter - stating it was a pleasure to play alongside the striker.

Bale, 29, joined Spurs in 2007 from Southampton and played alongside Keane until the latter joined Liverpool in the summer of 2008. Keane then returned to Bale's Spurs, in 2009 after a poor Anfield spell - remaining there until 2011.

Keane turned out a huge 298 times in all competitions, netting 120 goals as well as creating 24 more strikes. Bale continues to be linked with a return to Spurs, though he has picked his form back up with Real.

The Wales captain scored on Tuesday night in a 2-0 win away at Italian side AS Roma. He now has six goals and five assists in 17 league and cup appearances this season - with three of those goals coming in the Champions League.

Robbie Keane (L)  of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates with team-mate Gareth Bale  during the Premier league football match against Liverpool at Anfield , Liverpool , north-west , England ,07...

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