By Mark Jones
DUBLIN — Roy Keane could soon become the highest paid Irish soccer player in history if he agrees to a contract which would see him staying at Manchester United until 2006.
Speculation that Keane’s new deal will see him earning a staggering 145,000 euros ($162,000) a week is mounting as the Ireland captain continues negotiations with the English club champions.
The player’s current contract runs out in 2003, and in the past Keane has signaled that he would be interested in finishing his career at Glasgow Celtic in Scotland. However, if these new terms come to fruition, he will likely remain at Manchester until the end of his playing days.
A midfielder, the 5-foot-11 Keane, who is 30, was the 1999-2000 Player of the Year. Under his captaincy, Manchester United have won the Premiership title three times in a row, the European Champions League and the English FA Cup. Manchester are currently leading the Premiership and are in line to become the first club ever to win four successive titles.
— Mark Jones
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