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Saturday 22 November 2014

Given won't be City understudy

Shay Given
Shay Given

Shay Given is to discuss his future with Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini next week if he finds himself on the bench on Saturday.

Joe Hart has not been allowed to go back out on loan this season following his outstanding campaign on loan at Birmingham last term, opening the debate as to whether he or Given will receive the nod from Mancini for Saturday's Barclays Premier League curtain-raiser against Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

"We will have to wait until lunchtime on Saturday when the manager picks the team to see who starts in goal," said Given, who has been linked with Arsenal and Fulham of late due to the uncertainty. "Obviously I hope to start, but it's inevitable there is going to be speculation because I know Joe is also a top 'keeper."

He added: "The manager will decide, and whoever he starts with you would feel that is who he would mostly want to play in the big games.

"If I don't start then I'll sit down with the club next week and see where my future lies, and maybe vice-versa with Joe, because we will both feel we should be playing.

"Ideally I'd like to stay at the club because it's a big club to be at, a very ambitious club with fantastic owners.

"I want to be part of it, which is why I joined in the first place.

"If I don't start I guess it's an advantage the transfer window will still be open.

"Maybe I'll go out on loan, come back and see where that takes me.

"But I know I'm at a stage where I need to be playing. I'm 34, and I've not got millions of years left."

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