Robbie Keane has been urged to make his temporary move to Aston Villa permanent after breaking Mick McCarthy’s heart.

The former Wolves trainee returned to his old stomping ground and scored two sensational goals as Villa won 3-2 at Molineux.

Keane, on loan from the LA Galaxy, refused to celebrate the goals against his old club after his first start for Villa.

“Wolves were very good to me and I will never forget that but I had to be professional today,” said Keane afterwards.


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Set to return to Los Angeles at the end of February, Keane has already been encouraged to stay in the Premier League.

Villa boss Alex McLeish said: “It’s one of these things he’s chosen to do. It is up to Robbie.

“If he feels he wants to come back to the Premier League, I’m sure there would be some welcoming arms.

“I would like to think we’d be interested. We brought him in. He’s paid his dues with that magnificent performance today.

“It was two great strikes. Robbie has done that throughout his career and it was no surprise to see him getting on the scoresheet.

“The winner was spectacular. Not many people shoot from outside the box these days but Keane has done that a few times over the years. They were two sublime strikes.”

Ireland's Robbie Keane during a training session at Gannon Park, Malahide, Ireland.PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo