Shay Given Hints At Aston Villa January Exit

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Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given has revealed his hopes of securing a move away from Aston Villa during the January transfer window in a bid to get his career back on track, Sky Sports reports.

The former Republic of Ireland international has found himself frozen out of Paul Lambert’s regime at Villa Park since losing his place to Brad Guzan at the beginning of the previous campaign, and now finds himself as third choice in the pecking order now that young Jed Steer has arrived from Norwich City.

And the 37-year-old has admitted that he has found the situation in the West Midlands difficult to take and hopes to be able to put the nightmare behind him when the January transfer window opens.

“When you’ve played virtually every game throughout your career it’s difficult – especially when you think you should still be playing,” Given said.

“I’m disappointed I’m not involved and I’ll just train hard until January and hope something comes up.”

Given joined Villa in the summer of 2011 from Manchester City for a fee of around £3.5m. The manager at the time, Alex McLeish, believed that the player was worthy of a five year deal despite being 35-years-old.

He spent his first season as the undisputed number one and has gone on to make 37 appearances for the club.

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