Roberto Mancini insists unsettled goalkeeper Shay Given will not be leaving Manchester City on the cheap in January.
Given has lost his place to Joe Hart this season and has admitted he may have to quit City when the transfer window reopens.
City boss Mancini suggested after his team's 2-0 win at Wigan Athletic on Sunday that he would be prepared to sanction the Republic of Ireland international's departure in the New Year.
However, Mancini has again stressed he is happy to keep the 34-year-old in his squad and has warned it will cost 'a lot of money' to sign the former Newcastle United shot-stopper.
"I don't know, it depends on him," said Mancini on Sky Sports News when asked if it was inevitable Given would be leaving.
"I don't want to create another situation like on Sunday when I said that Shay can leave the club if he wants to leave the club.
"We have a good option because Shay is an important player and he will cost a lot of money for another club.
"If he stays, for me it is OK and Shay knows the situation."
Meanwhile, Given could make his first appearance of the season against West Brom in the Carling Cup on Wednesday providing he has overcome a toe injury.
Mancini added: "He had a problem with his toe. If he is OK today, he will play tomorrow."