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Keane to sign Villa contract this week

ROY KEANE will be confirmed as Aston Villa's assistant manager only weeks after turning down the opportunity to be No.1 at Celtic.

Villa want to push through a deal with Keane when he returns from the Republic of Ireland's summer tour of North America which concludes with a friendly against Portugal on Wednesday.

Filling the role at Villa would not unduly impinge on his duties with the Republic and would allow him to continue his work as a pundit with ITV, though he has withdrawn from their team for the World Cup to focus on his coaching career.

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