Shay Given: I Wanted to Leave Manchester City in January

Republic of Ireland goalkeeper admits he wanted to leave Eastlands as his frustrations grow.

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Shay Given has admitted he was frustrated at failing to agree a move away from Manchester City in the transfer window.

The 34-year-old lost his number one position to Joe Hart at the start of the season and has only been used in the cup competitions by boss Roberto Mancini.

The Republic of Ireland keeper, who is set to play for his country against Wales on Tuesday, admits he was looking to leave Eastlands in the transfer window to get more regular action but no deal materialised, with City keen to keep him as back up to Hart.

Given said: “I thought there was a possibility (of moving) towards the end of the transfer window but the club wanted me to stay. When you are a player you probably only think about yourself but you have got to respect what the club want as well.”

“We are in three competitions this year with a realistic chance of winning all three,” he added.

“It is frustrating for me but who knows in football? Things can change very quickly. We have a lot of games coming up and anything could happen.”


What a model professional Shay Given is.

He is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the country and is being made to sit on the bench. How many other players would put up with that?

When asked about his situation he has acted with great integrity and respect. He has not lied, he has not tried to undermine manager Roberto Mancini and he has not slagged off Manchester City.

He has spoken with honesty, saying he wants to play first-team football at the top level and at this stage of his career it is essential he does. Fair enough.

The 34-year-old has a host of clubs after him – Arsenal and Manchester United being two of them – while Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trappattoni has even tried selling him to a number of Italian clubs.

But Manchester City will not sell him. Yes he has a contract with the club, which Given is honouring without any whingeing, but the Blues can not keep a quality player when he is unhappy for very long.

It is understandable Mancini not wanting to sell him to a rival but why does he want to keep Given so badly? Perhaps he is not 100% certain of Joe Hart and wants an experienced keeper in place in case the England number one’s bad form continues.

Wherever Shay Given ends up next season the club should be very proud of having him on their books.

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