Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has told Shay Given he can leave Eastlands in the January transfer window.
Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Given has spoken of his frustration at a lack of first team chances after being overtaken by Joe Hart in the City pecking order this season.
It was thought City refused to let him leave last month but Mancini now insists Given will be able to move - if he wishes - when the window reopens.
Interest is sure to be high in the 34-year-old with clubs from home and abroad likely to make a move.
Following City's 2-0 win at Wigan, 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'.
"He decided to stay here and until January he must stay here.
"I understand his frustration but I need that Shay stays here and puts in 100 per cent.
"In January if he decides to leave I respect that decision."
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