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Aston Villa Complete Signing of Man City Keeper Shay Given

Etihad Stadium veteran on his way to Villa Park.

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Aston Villa have completed the signing of Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given from Manchester City.

The 35-year-old has signed a five-year contract at Villa Park after the clubs agreed an undisclosed fee.

New Villa boss Alex McLeish targeted the former Newcastle man after Brad Friedel moved to Tottenham.

Given told the club’s website: “Aston Villa is a huge club and I’m really excited to be joining. It’s a new challenge and I’m eager to embrace it.”

Given had been on the margins at Eastlands after City manager Roberto Mancini made England international Joe Hart his first choice.

SOURCE: BBC Sport

I think most football fans can have reason to be pleased by this move. Shay Given is clearly too good a keeper to be left warming the bench and whilst England international Joe Hart is clearly a top notch goalie himself it was a real waste to see the Irish veteran spend literally every minute of the Premier League season spend on the bench.

The 35 year old has now signed a five year deal and can look forward to regular first team football at Villa Park where Alex McLeish needed to bring in a replacement for Tottenham bound Brad Friedel.

Given notched up over 350 league appearances for Newcastle United before he made his move to Manchester and whilst under the stewardship of Mark Hughes, Given was a regular, he lost his place when Roberto Mancini opted to give the first team spot to Hart at the beginning of last term.

Aston Villa will also be looking to find long term replacements for wingers Ashley Young and Stewart Downing who have left for Man United and Liverpool respectively. There has been much talk of a potential move for Wigan wide man Charles N’Zogbia and McLeish is also said to be tracking West Ham midfielder Scott Parker.

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