Keane – end of a legend

news: Keane – end of a legend

Manchester United captain Roy Keane drew a line under his 13-year career at the club after loosing his battle of wills with manager Sir Alex Ferguson. 500 games and 13 major trophies after the inspirational midfielder joined from Nottingham Forrest for a then British record 3.75 million pounds, the 34-year-old finds himself a free agent. The trouble that had been brewing since the Irishman severely criticised his team mates over their performance against Middlesbrough came to a head during a bust-up with assistant manager Queiroz – Keane was ordered to attend a meeting and told he no longer had a future at the club. The remainder of his 140,000 euros-a-week contract – some 2.8 million – has been paid up, and a nine million euro testimonial is in the offing: but he is out. Celtic, Wigan and Bolton are only some of the clubs already queuing for his services, ensuring that Keane will be back shortly. On a more positive note, Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract has been extended to the summer of 2010.