The armband is mine, says Keane.
LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane is excited for Steven Gerrard’s MLS arrival in July, yet insists the Liverpool legend is an “addition” to the squad, and is not a “replacement” for anyone or any role in the team.
The Reds skipper finalised terms with the MLS outfit last month, and will make his lucrative move to the United States at the end of the season, ending an illustrious 17 years in the Premier League with his boyhood club.
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While Keane, voted Major League Soccer’s Most Valuable Player last campaign, is thrilled for his side’s latest imminent arrival, any speculation that Gerrard could nab the captain’s armband has been quashed.
“He is arriving as an addition, not as a replacement as captain,” Keane as quoted by the Mirror.
“I have spoken to Steven and he is excited about the challenge of coming to LA Galaxy. He is going to be a great addition to our squad.”
The MLS champions kick-off their season on March 6 at home to Chicago Fire, as they look to defend the title, but Galaxy’s new no.8, Gerrard, isn’t expected to play alongside his new team-mates until July 17 against San Jose Earthquakes.