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Keane braced for Spurs exit

Robbie Keane accepts he is "probably" entering his final days as a Tottenham player.

The Ireland captain, who will lead his country and win his 109th cap in Wednesday night's friendly against Croatia, expects to leave his current club before the close of the transfer window at the end of August.

"It's probably likely that I will be going but I can't really answer where to at the moment," Keane said.

"There's obviously a lot of speculation but there's still a couple of weeks to go and we'll see what happens.

"I haven't turned down anything. I think there's a few people talking to the clubs but that's all I can really say at the moment. I'm sure in the next couple of weeks it will be sorted out. It's very unlikely anything will happen before the weekend."

Asked if his preference was to stay in London, Keane said: "No, I'll move.

"I don't know why this story keeps coming out that I want to stay in London. I've never said that. I'm quite happy to go anywhere. For me, it's just about playing regular football and if that's outside London I'm not too bothered."

Keane had a loan spell with West Ham last season in which he could not prevent the team being relegated.

He is not looking at dropping out of the top flight when he leaves White Hart Lane.

Keane said: "Of course clubs have to agree a fee but, not being disrespectful at all to the Championship, if I got an option to play in the Premier League, I'm obviously going to take that. But there's been no talk of any Championship team."


From Belfast Telegraph