Roberto Mancini ready to let Shay Given leave Man City
Roberto Mancini has told Shay Given he can leave Manchester City in January after the Ireland international voiced his frustration over a lack of first team action at Eastlands.
Speaking after City’s 2-0 win over Wigan at the DW Stadium, Mancini said: “I have a lot of respect for Shay and I told him the situation before the finish of the [transfer] market. I told him. ‘Shay, you can choose. I hope that you stay here but I respect your decision and if you want to leave you can.'”
Given, 34, has fallen behind first-choice goalkeeper Joe Hart at the City of Manchester Stadium but opted to remain with the club and fight to regain his place rather than seek a move away before the end of the summer transfer window.
“He decided to stay here and until January he must stay here,” Mancini added. “I understand his frustration but I need that Shay stays here and puts in 100%. In January if he decides to leave I respect his decision.”