Keane ready to move on

Keane has endured a frustrating season after falling out of favour
at White Hart Lane, with a loan spell at West Ham being hampered by
injury and ending in relegation. The much-travelled 30-year-old has
now linked up with the Republic of Ireland for their four summer
fixtures but is not viewing them as a chance to parade his talent
to prospective new employers. Keane, who has already played for
eight clubs, said: “I will just concentrate on doing what I do and
hopefully score goals. “It has been a frustrating season for me but
that is the past now. “I will concentrate on these four games, take
a break, switch off from football for a few weeks and then go back
and see what happens. “I have only got one year left there [at
Tottenham] so I am sure they will probably want to do business on
me.” West Ham do not want to re-sign Keane following their
relegation to the Championship but he would prefer to stay in the
Premier League anyway – if any clubs express interest.
Newly-promoted QPR have been linked but have not made any interest
official. He said: “The chances in the Premier League for me are
fairly slim. “For me it is about enjoying my football and playing
as much as I can, maybe going to a team where I can maybe help the
younger players that are coming through. “I am not getting any
younger but I will go back and see what happens. “I am a Tottenham
player and I am sure they will want to get a bit of money for me.
“Whether a Championship team would pay that, that’s another
problem, but I want to play in the Premier League for the next
couple of years.” Having overcome a calf injury, Keane is hoping
get back to full match fitness for Ireland’s Euro 2012 qualifier in
Macedonia on June 4. He will captain his country in tomorrow’s
Carling Nations Cup game against Northern Ireland in Dublin but is
only likely to play the first half. He will then hope for more
action against Scotland in the same competition on Sunday. Keane,
Ireland’s record goalscorer with 46, said: “I am really looking
forward to being with the Irish team, switching off from the
Premier League and helping this team get three points against
Macedonia.” Keane did not train with the rest of the squad today
having been invited, as captain, to meet President Barack Obama
during his state visit to Dublin. “It’s a great honour to meet the
president, an absolute pleasure,” said Keane at his pre-match press
conference. “It’s a bit surreal but I’m looking forward to it.”