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Robbie Keane To Decide Football Future After 'A Few Weeks Off'

Robbie Keane To Decide Football Future After 'A Few Weeks Off'

Robbie Keane is undecided as to which turn his football career will next take.

"I’m going to take a few weeks off, have a break and decide what I want to do, whether I carry on playing, which is an option. I could easily play for another couple of years, or I could start going down the coaching role," Keane told United Arab Emirates newspaper, The National.

Keane was speaking after playing for a Pele-managed team at a sponsored five-a-side event in Dubai. He featured on a team alongside former Brazilian keeper Dida and compatriot Serginho, former Spanish international Michel Salgado and Marcel Desailly.

The 37-year-old most recently played for ATK in the Indian Super League, finishing the season as player-manager following the sacking of his former Spurs teammate Teddy Sheringham.

Keane said he will not be idle while he considers his next move. If he does continue to play, it's because he still believes there are goals in his boots.

It’s just seeing my options. I finished in India, had nine starts, nine goals so I definitely have another good year, two years left in me scoring a few goals. There’s no question about that.

For me, it’s just about the right opportunities. There’s always options, but we’ll see.

He also reiterated his desire to make a move into football coaching.

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"That’s something I’ve been very clear about, that I want to get into in the future," said Keane.

"For me, it’s about learning. It’s not about jumping into something and then regretting after. A manager’s career could be 30 years, so I’ve got time.

"I’m not in any rush to jump into anything that's going to maybe set me up for failure or because it may sound attractive, but is not the right one for me."

Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile

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