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Shay Given looking to leave Aston Villa

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Former Manchester City and Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given is looking to leave Aston Villa, according to the Daily Express.

The Republic of Ireland international moved to Villa Park in 2011 from Manchester City but lost his place in the team to Brad Guzan due to a dip in form.

The 37-year-old has been recalled from a loan spell at Middlesbrough after impressing at the Riverside. In 16 appearances, Given had kept 10 clean sheets. Given was hoping to extend the deal but Villa refused as they would lose the opportunity to recall him within 24 hours.

The Ireland international hopes that he will be able to secure a short-term deal before March.

"It has been really frustrating not playing," he told reporters. "That's obvious for everyone to see and the window doesn't open until the summer, so maybe there is a Championship club out there who might want me. I might go back out on loan again somewhere before the end of March. Aston Villa want me out of the door, so something might happen."

With opportunities to shine at Villa Park minimal, Given is considering his long-term future away from Aston Villa. Given still has two years left on his current contract but will be actively looking for a new club in the summer.

His resurgence in form had led to some fans wondering if Given would be included in Martin O'Neil's international team for their upcoming friendly, but unfortunately not for the first time this season, the goalkeeper was overlooked.


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