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Real deny Keane reports

 

December 12, 2005

 

La Liga giants Real Madrid have denied weekend reports that Roy Keane has already completed a medical at the club – but admit they are interested in signing the 34-year-old.

 

Real jumped to the head of the queue to sign Keane at the weekend, with reports in Spain, notably prominent Madrid sports newspaper Marca, claiming he had passed a medical on Saturday.

 

Doubts were cast on the accuracy of those reports on Sunday night, and Real have denied that the Cork man had yet been examined by the club’s medical officers.

 

But they remain interested, although there are no plans to put Keane’s physical condition to the test in the coming days.

 

A spokesperson for Real said: “Roy is on a list of possible signings we are discussing. Nothing has been decided so far and he has not passed a medical, nor will he do so in the next couple of days.

 

“What is true is that the player was offered to the club around a month ago and because of his characteristics he is the sort of player that interests the technical staff.

 

"They are going to sit down in seven or eight days and decide on who, if anyone, the club will sign when the transfer window opens.”

 

Source from Irish Soccer.

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Keane move on hold - Agent

 

Roy Keane's representative has insisted the former Manchester United captain will not be making a decision about his future until Wednesday or Thursday.

 

Real Madrid have been widely tipped to win the race for the 34-year-old's signature following his departure from Old Trafford last month after a glittering 12-year career.

 

However Michael Kennedy told the Manchester Evening News that reports suggesting Keane had already passed a medical at Madrid were "completely wrong".

 

Bolton, Everton and West Ham have made no secret they would love to have Keane on board and keep him closer to home.

 

While Madrid have emerged as favourites to sign Keane, Everton and Bolton have not given up hope that he may still prefer to stay in the north-west.

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Real's interest in Keane suprises me to be honest, as he can't play CL games this January.

 

But then again, if he is free then is definately worth having in the squad. Is Keane a 'squad' player though. Bit of up rooting to be a squad player at the end of your career.

 

I imagine we will find out in good time.

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Just been on radio city that Real Madrid have confirmed their interest. Roy keane has also stated Real would be a opportunity he wud have trouble turning down!

 

..but they also said that he's just one of a number of players they're considering making a move for in Jan and that he's not had a medical, contrarary to reports..and Keanes agent says there will be no decision til at least Wednesday.

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At united he was surrounded by class players, i'm not sure he would be such a good player here. His age and fitness is against him now... 12 months ago he was being nursed along.

Ferguson rested him every now and again, and keane himself said he would retire at the end of season. he would have to work a lot harder here, and his body's not up to it

 

I think he's finished, so why disrupt our team now that they are starting to show some form, i certainly wouldnt drop Arteta, Neville or Cahill to put him in.

IMO we dont need him, be a different story if it was Giggsy. :P

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SAM'S KEANE OFFER

By Alan Nixon

 

BOLTON boss Sam Allardyce made Roy Keane a contract offer last night and hopes to have the financial power to see off Everton and even Real Madrid.

 

Bolton tabled their bid which would be worth around £30,000-a-week - or £2.5million in total to the former Manchester United skipper (right) over the next 18 months.

 

The Wanderers offer is more than Everton were willing to pay as they need to hold back some cash to fund a new striker.

 

Bolton and Everton are also lifted by news that Real Madrid are only willing to offer £25,000-a-week to Keane for six months.

 

The Premiership rivals expect an answer in the next 72 hours.

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