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.”