Robbie Keane has signed on the dotted line with Premier League outfit Aston Villa and will make his debut against Everton on Saturday.
The LA Galaxy striker has signed a two month deal with Villa that runs until February 25th and is clear to play in the Premier League and the FA Cup.
Ireland’s record goalscorer was unveiled at a press conference at Villa’s training ground on Thursday morning when he vowed to get amongst the goals for his new club.
“I’m delighted to be back in the Premier League,” said Keane. “This is only short-term, of course, but there has been a lot of speculation over the years linking my name to Villa and, finally, I’m here. I’m excited about it and I know I’ll really enjoy my time here.
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“It’s only for two months but I will do my absolute best in these two months. Villa is a great club, a club with a massive tradition and standing in the game and Villa Park is one of the finest stadiums I’ve ever played in.
“If selected to play on Saturday, I will genuinely be looking forward to it and I’ll be excited to be involved again in Premier League action.
“I’ve been training with the players here for the past few days and it’s been great but I’m not naive enough to think I’ll just walk straight into the team.
“There are really good players here but if I can help and contribute to the overall effort of the team then hopefully I will be of benefit to Aston Villa. That’s my aim.”
New team-mate Darren Bent can’t wait to play alongside the Ireland captain.
“It’s a top signing, a really clever move. In training Robbie has looked razor-sharp and up for the challenge,” said Bent. “He’s a great player and he has been for many years.
“There is no doubt he will give absolutely everything during his time here. He knows the game inside out and, from what I have seen of him so far, he’s bright as a button.
“He will help all the other strikers here but, more importantly, he will help Villa. He will bring experience which will aid a few of the younger lads who are breaking through into the team and the other youngsters in and around the place. And he will bring goals too, hopefully.
“I think he will do really well for us. He’s such a smart player.”
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