Robbie Keane arrived back at Tottenham's training ground on Tuesday morning after six months at Liverpool and declared, "I'm back home." The Ireland captain made a £12 million sterling transfer deadline day return to Spurs after Liverpool accepted a £6 million loss on the move that never worked out. Keane was axed by Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez for Sunday's vital 2-0 Premier League win over Chelsea, then sold back to Tottenham after just five goals in 19 appearances for the Reds. The move back to North London has been welcomed by Spurs boss Harry Redknapp and Keane, back at the club he served as captain during his last six year spell there. "I'm delighted to be back at a club I have very strong feelings for, from having previously spent six wonderful years here," Keane told the club's official website. "Coming back to Spurs was an easy decision to make because this is my home. Firstly in respect of the club, but also my house is in the area and everything is set up for me to walk right back into. "It's funny how football works sometimes and situations turn around very quickly, but I can assure fans I will be giving my all to make sure this club stays in the Premier League. "It was a difficult time for me at Liverpool, but there's no point in dwelling on it. "Now I have the chance to work with a fantastic manager in Harry Redknapp, who has done a great job since he came in, so I am lucky to be getting this exciting opportunity." Having swapped life in the Champions League for a relegation dogfight, Keane is well aware of the task ahead on his return to White Hart Lane. He said, "It's been an up and down season for the club and there's been a lot of change, including a change of manager, but now it's up to us as players to start getting the team up the table. "It's all very close down there at the minute, and I will be doing everything in my powers to help us pull away from it." Spurs face local rivals Arsenal in a mouth-watering derby game on Sunday when Keane is expected to make his second Tottenham debut. "What a game to come back into," said Keane. "I've played in so many derbies against Arsenal over the years and I'm so excited at the prospect of another one at White Hart Lane possibly being my first game back. "It was a difficult decision to make to leave Tottenham in the summer. It proved not to be the right move for me. "I know some Spurs fans will feel I let them down by leaving but I can assure them I shall be giving my all for this club - this club has terrific fans and I want to repay them for all their support. We've got to get on and fight our way up that league table." Redknapp said, "We have lost Jermain Defoe for the season with a foot injury so we needed to get someone in and in Robbie we couldn't have got anyone better. "People make decisions in their life and his move to Liverpool didn't work out. But we're pleased to have him back." Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez had admitted that he took a gamble by selling Keane back to Tottenham after just six months at Anfield. "Sometimes good players cannot settle down in the team and when this happens you have to consider the situation and try to react quickly," said Benitez. "If it is not good for the team then it is better for everyone to make a decision, and because of the situation in the transfer market and for the opportunity for the player we had to do it now. "I have to analyze things and try to look at the bigger picture and this means thinking of the club and the team and what is best for them."
Millions more Irish birth, marriage and death records free online