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Keane: Thanks for chanting my name

Michael Keane joined Leicester City on loan at the beginning of November with the idea that he would just stay there for a month. The club kept on extending his contract though, meaning he stayed all season and played close to 30 games.

Two months ago, Keane scored an injury time goal against Leeds United to secure a point for his club.

Keane returned to United U-21s and on Monday night they were crowned champions after beating Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford. Keane is grateful to Leicester for the experience he had there.

“I’d just like to say thanks to every single one of the Leicester fans for all the support they’ve given me,” Keane said. “When I first came to Leicester I didn’t really expect it to be as good a journey as it has been, and it wouldn’t have been anywhere near as good as it was if it hadn’t have been for the fans, who chanted my name and gave me the support I needed as a young centre half on my first-ever loan spell. I always thought there would be a loan spell on the cards for me this season, but I didn’t expect it to be at as big a club as Leicester, and when they came in I was absolutely desperate to join. I’ve loved my time at Leicester – all the staff, players and fans have been great with me and I can’t thank them enough for everything they’ve helped me with as it really has been a great year for me.”




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16 Comments

  1. DiegoForlanDK says:

    Great attitude. Keep on working hard Keane, and hopefully we’ll see you in red on OT soon enough

  2. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Michael and brother Will (striker currently injured) are Stockport lads and credits to United youth academy. Both are just cracking talents as well, with England call ups and caps.

    But all credit to Leicester City and Nigel Pearson, this loan deal was one of the highlight loans of recent memory.

    Michael got 27 games with the Foxes and formed a key partnership with the Foxes captain in the center of defense. Just can’t get better experience than that. Almost netted them a play off spot, but just fell short. After the loan of Angelo Henriquez to Wigan where he just sat on the bench, Keanes loan has to be considered one of the best for all concerned.

  3. DohaRed says:

    Classy comments

  4. The One says:

    Just hoping he breaks into the 1st team together with his brother next season.

  5. roadkill4u says:

    I am sure that this is what the coaching staff envisions each time they send someone out on loan: a positive experience for the player, a positive experience for the club that they are being loaned to and, ultimately, a returning player that is ready for 1st team futbol or perhaps a loan spell to an even bigger club. there have been instances in the past where either one or all of the above have not been met which means that it is essentially a waste of time.

    Keane says all of the right things and will be chuffed up for a chance to show that he is ready to play along side one of the first teamers during the summer tour and maybe beyond. Still a bit young but showing plenty of class and potential.

  6. Connugy says:

    Fantastic attitude and shows great humility for one so young.

    Showing he was “desperate” to join and respecting Leicester as a massive club (OK, so they’re not REALLY) in this way will endear him to both sets of fans.

    From the sound of it, it seems his spell there was a good one – very positive all round!

    If he works hard, that attitude and hunger will take him far in the game – “No question about that”.

  7. keanoisdaman says:

    Theres only two keano`s!!

  8. keanoisdaman says:

    Theres only two keano`s!!

  9. DiegoForlanDK says:

    @Fletchtheman. Good write up mate. Couldn’t agree more with you – great work on Leicester’s behalf as well. I don’t know about Leicesters alternatives in central defence, but nonetheless formidable to give a young loanee that many games under his belt.

  10. 2Coats of RED says:

    Good luck in the future for him, keane…they don’t show The Championship here in the states so I’m glad this blog has positive news to relate about his loan spell. I hope he makes it to the first team sooner rather than later along with his brother just like the Neville boys did way back when.

  11. WeAreUnited says:

    this guy will become CLASS

    Smalling, Jones and Michael KEane, Rafael. what a future.

  12. denton davey says:

    FletchTHEMAN @ 10:01: “Michael got 27 games with the Foxes and formed a key partnership with the Foxes captain in the center of defense. Just can’t get better experience than that. Almost netted them a play off spot, but just fell short. After the loan of Angelo Henriquez to Wigan where he just sat on the bench, Keanes loan has to be considered one of the best for all concerned.”

    These loan-deals always seem to be a toss-of-the-dice – no guarantees. Good for Michael Keane; bad for Angelo Henriquez.

    Loan-deals are a tricky situation – does the player get more experience playing at a lower level OR does he benefit from competing for a place in an EPL team ?

    DannyTheLad/YoungTom were lucky in their time at Sunderland/Wigan whereas Giovanni Rossi wasted a year at Newcastle and KikoTheKid has had three wasted years in a variety of settings. From the reports I’ve seen, it looks like Bebe wasted his time at Besiktas but seems to be doing well at Rio Ave in Portugal.

  13. LexxytheRed says:

    Will be better than Evans

  14. Robbo2Keano says:

    I have seen play at all levels, even when he played in midfield.
    does anyone here thinks he could make a fine DM. I sure do, he uses the ball pretty well and have a great sense for the game

  15. King Eric says:

    Classy comment from a top talent and sound lad. Watched the Keanes for a number of seasons and they’re both quality. Such a shame for Will as fuck me that lad can finish. Can score any goal off both feet or in air. Fantastic first touch and intelligent. Really good lad he seems. Never had great pace so hopefully won’t effect him too much. Should be back soon. He was banging goals in for fun.

  16. Wakey says:

    @FletchTHEMAN
    I doubt Henriquez would have been on the bench every game with us and probally would have been working with the reserves mainly rather than the first team squad so even with his lack of minutes it may have been more useful than it seems. Although no doubting more minutes would have been good

    @Denton
    With Bebe’s loan to besiktas I’m not sure you could call it a waste because it wasn’t to do with them not using him, they couldn’t use him as he got injured for pretty much all the season

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