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LOS AN­GE­LES GAL­AXY coach Bruce Arena said Wed­nes­day he hopes Steven Gerrard can be per­suaded to pro­long his ca­reer in Ma­jor League Soc­cer amid re­ports the for­mer Eng­land cap­tain is seeking a coach­ing or play­ing role in Bri­tain. Gerrard is out of con­tract with the Gal­axy fol­low­ing the com­ple­tion of the Los An­ge­les club’s sea­son last week­end in the MLS play­offs. The 36-year-old has been linked to a re­turn to Liver­pool in a coach­ing role while other re­ports in Bri­tain have sug­gested he could be tempted into ex­tend­ing his play­ing ca­reer with Celtic. Arena said no de­ci­sion on Gerrard’s MLS fu­ture had been taken yet, but said he hoped the mid­fielder, and Ir­ish striker Rob­bie Keane, who is also out of con­tract, could be tempted to stay with the Gal­axy. “We were hon­ored to have Ste­vie here as well as Rob­bie and are hope­ful they con­tinue to be part of our club but only time will tell,” Arena told re­porters, say­ing he had not dis­cussed fu­ture plans with ei­ther player. “I haven’t spo­ken to those play­ers. We need to let them have time to com­ment on what they want to do in their fu­ture rather than me com­ment­ing on it now,” Arena told AFP. “The sea­son just ended. We need a lit­tle time to re­flect. I’m sure both Ste­vie and Rob­bie at the proper time will dis­cuss their fu­tures.”

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