Keane not keen on Premier League switch

LA Galaxy striker Robbie KeaneLos Angeles Galaxy striker Robbie Keane has distanced himself from a January loan switch to the Premier League, insisting he wants to rest over the winter.

The Republic of Ireland international has been linked with temporary moves to QPR and Aston Villa next month, with the MLS finished until spring 2013.

A number of players, including Keane, have elected to move during the off-season in a bid to maintain match fitness, and keep their name in the fold for international squads.

However, the 32-year-old has distanced himself with a return to England, maintaining that he will use the break to recover from the Galaxy’s domestic success of 2012:

“I am going to rest up and get ready for next season with the Galaxy. “ he told the Evening Herald.

“I haven’t even thought about taking up with any other teams, I have a few little niggles that I have to sort out before I even contemplate making any decisions,

“There has been a lot of speculation and a few clubs are interested but it wouldn’t be right for me to go anywhere if I wasn’t 100 per cent fit and ready.

“I don’t have any major problems, just an Achilles injury, but if that isn’t right, I won’t be going anywhere.

The ex-Liverpool and Tottenham forward went on to suggest that he is hoping to be at full fitness for Ireland’s international games next year:

“2013 is going to be a big year for Ireland in March – two very important games.

“They will dictate where the team will go so we look forward to it and hopefully it’ll be a lucky year for us.”