Los Angeles Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena has ruled out the possibility of Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan returning to the English Premier League on loan during the Major League Soccer off-season.
The Toffees have again been linked with the United States international but Arena is adamant Donovan and Keane, along with defender Omar Gonzalez, are going nowhere. Arena told Galaxy’s All-Access podcast on LAGalaxy.com:
“Our players aren’t going anywhere.
“Even though we argue that the [offseason] layoff is going to be too long, he (Gonzalez) can go in camp with the US national team in January, along with Landon Donovan. Our players have had a really tough run this year, in particular Robbie [Keane] and Omar with all their requirements with national teams.
“They’ve had a full 11 months of play and they need some time off and then they need to get back here in LA and be ready for a challenging campaign that includes in the beginning not only the league but the [CONCACAF] Champions League.”
With the World Cup next summer it was expected that many of MLS’s stars would head to Europe in January on a two month loan to stay match fit ahead of the 2014 MLS season. But Arena is also aware of burnout from continuous soccer and blocking the loan moves will help the Galaxy at the start of next season, even if it doesn’t help the US national team.