Now 26, Keane is a starter with Ipswich Town.
He told the Manchester Evening News: "He's someone who still gives me inspiration.
"He didn't get up to the highest levels until he was 28, 29.
“I've been really unlucky and missed a few years with injury. But if I get myself right, keep myself fit then hopefully I can keep going at the end of my career.
“You just have to hope your luck is going to turn at some point."