Ireland's record goalscorer Robbie Keane excited over move to Indian team Atlético de Kolkata
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Ireland's record goalscorer Robbie Keane excited over move to Indian team Atlético de Kolkata

IRELAND's record goalscorer Robbie Keane is excited over his move to Indian super league team, Atlético de Kolkata. 

The 37-year-old Dubliner, who retired from international football last year, lined out 145 times for Ireland and scored 67 times, making him the highest-scoring player in Irish football history.

Keane's move to the Indian team was confirmed last Friday, August 4, with one of the club's owners Sanjiv Goenka confirming the deal to India's Daily Telegraph.

"Robbie's a great striker and has played competitive football at the highest level for years. He remains supremely fit and is the kind of player who can take the game to new heights," he said.

"I should add that Robbie is excited at the prospect of playing in India in general and Calcutta in particular."

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Mr Goenka also said the selection of Keane was suggested by club manager Teddy Sheringham who played with Keane while at Tottenham Hotspur.

"[Sheringham] knows him well. That personal factor apart, he sees him as an absolute match-winner and someone who will do well in Indian conditions."

Mr Goenka also went on to say Keane is good enough to win three or four matches.

"Is Robbie good enough to win us three or four matches? My belief is yes. So, you have my answer.

"It is far better to have match-winners, rather than a team packed with mediocre players."

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Robbie Keane is expected to start for the team in the upcoming Indian Super League in October.