Former Tottenham Hotspur could remain in MLS for a further three years.
Robbie Keane says he has agreed a new deal with LA Galaxy which could see the Irishman remain in MLS beyond his 36th birthday.
The Galaxy captain has been a huge hit since arriving from Tottenham in 2011, helping the team to back-to-back MLS play-off wins before disappointment against Real Salt Lake this season.
The Republic of Ireland international is 33 but says he has agreed a new two-year deal to remain in California, with the option of a third.
“I’ve just verbally agreed a two-year contract, maybe extending to three,” Keane told Sky Sports.
“I’m certainly excited about that and playing for the Galaxy in the future. I didn’t think I was going to go there and then come back to the Premier League, but I’m enjoying my football there and the club has been very good to me.
“As soon as you hit that 30 age mark in football, people are reluctant to give you contracts but this will be the third contract I’ve signed since I’ve been there and it shows the faith they have in me.
“Since I’ve been there, it’s been a strong league. It’s a tough league because of the structure that works there with everyone competing at roughly the same level. Every team can beat every other, so it’s very competitive.
“When people come over to play in it, I always tell them, ‘don’t think you’re coming over for a holiday’. There’s a lot of pressure on the three designated players [each team can sign three players outside of the league’s salary cap] as people are expecting you to deliver all the time.”
Keane spent last January on loan at Aston Villa but appears to have no plans to play in the Premier League during the MLS off-season this year because he will return to Ireland to do his coaching badges.
“I’ve still got a good few years left in me,” he added. “But I’m looking to do my coaching badges in January in Ireland.
“The FAI has a good structure here to help players if they want to do that. It’s something I’m passionate about and need to get into if I want to stay in the game.”
For those who don't watch much MLS, Robbie Keane has been terrific for Los Angeles since signing in 2011.
— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) November 14, 2013