Keller reportedly ready to sign for three years with club in Madrid.
(Wednesday, July 21, 1999) -- American goalkeeper Kasey Keller will sign a long-term contract with Rayo Vallecano, a Madrid club newly promoted to the Spainís Primera (First) Division, according to reports in Spanish media today.
Keller has said he would like a change of scene and weather after his stay at Leicester City. He is a free agent able to sign with any club as a free transfer.
His agent has been talking with teams both in Spain and Italy. "I would like some exposure to a new culture and a lot less cold weather," Keller told reporters while preparing for the U.S. match against Argentina in June. "I would like to get a three or four year deal after which I will have to start thinking about coming back for American schools for the kids." Keller assumes he will play his last few years in Major League Soccer.
Vallencano finished last season in a tie for third, one point out of second place in the 22-team Spanish Segunda (Second) Division, and won promotion in a complicated playoff.
According to the Madrid newspaper AS, Vallencano is ready to sign Keller to a three-year pact pending his passing a physical after the Confederations Cup.
Keller is Vallencano's first new international signing as the club adds talent in the hope of not being relegated again to the second division. If Spanish soccer columnists are to be believed, it will be a very busy season for Keller. They don't figure the Madrid club to stay too long in the first division, or to provide much competition for the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona.