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Tottenham Legend signs for ATK

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Indian Super League champions ATK have secured the services of former Tottenham Hotspur striker Robbie Keane.

Keane has become the side’s first foreign signing of this season and it has come to light that the player was signed on behalf of the request of head coach Teddy Sheringham.

The former Irish international was reported to be in advanced talks with the Kolkata-based franchise as they looked to bolster their attacking options ahead of the upcoming season. The ATK co-owner Sanjiv Goenka revealed that the player was extremely eager to play in Asia and at the age of 37, is still fit to last the entire season. He compared Keane with Ben Stokes – the England all rounder who was signed by Goenka for his IPL side, Rising Pune Supergiant.

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Keane was a prolific scorer for Ireland with 146 international appearances and an impressive tally of 68 goals. He was Ireland’s top-scorer at the 2002 FIFA World Cup and also represented his country at UEFA Euro 2012 followed by Euro 2016.Keane announced his retirement from international football last year and last played club football for Los Angeles Galaxy in the MLS.

After signing for ATK Keane said,

“I feel extremely fortunate to have played for some of the best clubs in England and the USA, as well as representing my country at several major tournaments. At this stage of my career, the offer to experience a new league and culture in Asia appealed to me. To join the current Indian Super League champions is a great pleasure and through hardwork I hope to bring the ATK fans more success and enjoyment over the course of the 2017/2018 season.”

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Robbie has been a legend of the English Premier League, having weaved his magic at Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Major League Soccer team Los Angeles Galaxy.Keane is a versatile forward, capable of playing anywhere along the front line will look to combine with Robin Singh to bolster ATK’s attack.Meanwhile, this will be the league’s 20th overseas signing of the season with Bengaluru FC signing the most with five foreigners.