Keane glad to be back with good people

Tottenham Hotspur striker Robbie Keane says he had no hesitation in rejoining his former club and the 'good people' involved at White Hart Lane.

The Republic of Ireland international left North London for Liverpool for more than £20 million last summer, but struggled to establish himself in Rafael Benitez's side at Anfield and made just 16 Premier League starts in six months before being allowed to return to Spurs for £12 million.

And the former Wolves, Inter Milan and Leeds front-man says the people at White Hart Lane and the general warmth around the club made the decision to return to London so soon a simple one.

“Football is the most important thing but when you have good people around you it makes the job so much easier," he told the club's official magazine. “I’ve always been lucky to enough to be involved with decent people and that’s what made coming back to Tottenham an easy decision to reach.

"There’s a genuine warmth around this club and, while I’ve been lucky enough to have that elsewhere, I know it doesn’t exist everywhere in football.” Keane, who is preparing for his country’s upcoming clashes with Bulgaria and Italy, added that Spurs - who have only recently hauled themselves away from immediate relegation trouble under, manager, Harry Redknapp - are already looking forward to next season. “The priority has to be safety first and foremost," he said. "Then the real work begins for next year.”

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