Eastlands goalie too good to be warming the bench waiting for Joe Hart to get injured.
Republic of Ireland coach Giovanni Trapattoni has increased the speculation that Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given could move to Italian club Roma on loan.
34-year-old stopper Given appears unhappy that he is seemingly unable to challenge Joe Hart for the number one shirt at Eastlands.
Given commented earlier this week, “If I’m flying around like Clark Kent all week I still won’t play on a Saturday — that can be demoralising. I wouldn’t mind where a loan was.”
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini appeared to give a green light to a move, saying recently “I told him that he can stay but I respect his decision and if he wants to leave he can.”
Now Given’s international boss Giovanni Trapattoni has said that he has been in contact with Italian teams who are interested in signing the veteran keeper from Manchester City .
Trappatoni said, “Me and Marco (Tardelli) have spoken with some Italian teams. Shay is kept in high regards by many clubs but goalkeeper is a difficult position.
“One or two Italian teams need a goalkeeper. There is interest in him. There are clubs in Italy with inferior goalkeepers. If he has the opportunity, maybe he will ask to leave City.”
The Daily Mirror claims that Roma, coached by Claudio Ranieri, were interested in signing Given on loan over the summer and that Trappatoni’s comments will only encourage their interest. (IMScouting)
At 34 Shay Given should not spend a prolonged period sat on the bench and this is clearly a fact that the Irishman is more than aware of. Roberto Mancini will not sanction any move to a big Premier League side, as is his right, but a move to Serie A would surely suit all parties.
Joe Hart has the nod as first choice and but for a blip against Blackburn Rovers the England man has been mighty impressive. Conceding just two goals in eight matches this season, one of which was a Darren Bent penalty, the youngster seems unlikely to loosen his grip on the first team spot.
Given is still one of the best in the business and maybe a change of scenery is what is needed. It probably helps that Roma haven’t had the best of starts to the campaign, without a win and having let in seven goals in three games, Claudio Ranieri needs to do something to reverse the horrid form and a move for the former Newcastle United man may do the trick.