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Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane has made it clear he expects to leave Tottenham before the close of the transfer window - but is giving little away about his potential destination.

Keane has been linked with various clubs over the summer, yet remains a Spurs player with just four days left before the start of the new Premier League season.

Speaking at a press conference to preview Ireland's friendly against Croatia, the striker admitted any deal to secure his departure from White Hart Lane is unlikely to be completed before the weekend. But, while refusing to be drawn on specific details, the 31-year-old insists a move is still on the cards.

''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 was on loan at West Ham for the second half of last season as the team were relegated to the Championship, and when questioned today about which division he might end up in, he did indicate that he was looking to stay in the top flight.

He 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.''


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