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Keane given Tottenham captaincy

Robbie Keane
Keane second spell at Spurs has brought with it the captains armband

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has made Robbie Keane his side's new captain following the striker's return to White Hart Lane from Liverpool.

The 28-year-old Republic of Ireland star re-signed for Spurs only six months after leaving for Anfield and takes the armband from Ledley King.

"I just felt with Robbie coming in there would be a new impetus with him as captain," said Redknapp.

"He can give an awful lot. He is a big personality and we are a quiet team."

Keane has signed a four-year contract at Spurs, with the fee starting at 12m and rising with add-ons.

He has returned to the club where he made 254 appearances and scored 107 goals between August 2002 and July 2008.

The former Wolves, Coventry, Inter Milan and Leeds forward often deputised for King as captain during his first spell with Spurs.

I am delighted the transfer window has finished - I hope that this time next season I do not have to bring anybody in during the transfer window, there is nothing I would like better

Harry Redknapp

"If Robbie has something to say, he is going to say it," stated Redknapp. "He is a leader and has the personality to be a captain of Tottenham."

Defender King, who is currently sidelined because of a hamstring injury, will remain as club captain but Keane will lead the team.

Redknapp revealed both King and fellow centre-half Jonathan Woodgate, who was appointed captain on a temporary basis, were fully behind the change.

"I have spoken to Ledley, who is injured, and also to Jonathan Woodgate about it and they have been fine about it," added Redknapp. "Jonathan said, 'Nothing will change. I still want to be a leader out there,' which is good."

Redknapp has been one of the busiest managers during the January transfer window, spending 45m to shape his team into one capable of a successful fight against relegation from the Premier League.

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With Spurs currently sitting 14th in the Premier League and only a point above the relegation zone, Redknapp is relieved the window has now shut so he can focus on his squad's form.

"I am delighted it is all finished. I hope that this time next season I do not have to bring anybody in during the transfer window, there is nothing I would like better," he said.

"This year, because of our situation, we needed to strengthen the squad and that is what we did. The chairman Daniel Levy has been terrific and been so supportive. I did not think we would get Robbie Keane, I thought there was no way Liverpool were going to sell him but the chairman has worked on that and done well to get him in.

"Now I feel we have got a squad that can push on."

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Redknapp reassures Bent on future
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Keane seals 12m Tottenham return
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Injured Defoe to undergo surgery
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Bolton 3-2 Tottenham
31 Jan 09 |  Premier League
Redknapp amazed by late Bent miss
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Bent makes 16.5m Tottenham move
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