Given seeking January switch

City keeper remains determined to leave Eastlands

Given: Out of favour

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Out of favour Manchester City keeper Shay Given has reiterated his desire to secure a move in the January transfer window.

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The Republic of Ireland international has slipped down the pecking order at Eastlands, with Joe Hart recognised as Roberto Mancini's number one.

That has left him frustrated on the sidelines, with just two outings managed so far this season.

Given has turned out more times for his country this term than he has for his club, and he admits he is desperate to find regular football elsewhere in the New Year.

He said: "My own personal situation isn't ideal as everyone knows and I have spoken about it in the past, so we will see what happens over the next couple of months in that respect.

"I want to be playing football and I have always said that, so hopefully something will happen in the New Year.

Battle

"It's frustrating and I have already said I'm not coping very well, to be honest.

"But I can't change the situation at the moment and I have got to just keep my head down and see what happens over the next couple of months, I suppose.

"I'm delighted to be playing tomorrow (for Ireland against Norway). You just want to play football and if you are not playing, then it's extremely frustrating."

Given, who will win a record 109th cap on Wednesday, is set to make his sixth appearance of the season for Ireland in midweek.

He feels international run-outs have helped to keep him ticking over, but admits that it is difficult to maintain high standards when opportunities to turn out competitively are restricted.

Sharpness

He said: "It's very difficult to be honest. You try to work hard in training, but it's difficult to re-enact a match situation.

"Obviously, it's not an ideal situation I'm in and I wish I was playing more because I would feel sharper, but this is the position I'm in and I can't really change that.

"I played in Europe a couple of weeks ago with Manchester City and I have got the game tomorrow.

"I'm getting the odd game, but it's not ideal because you want to play every week.

"It's not an ideal situation, so to sit here and say I feel as sharp as I did when I was playing all the time, I would be lying.

"I don't feel as sharp as I possibly could be, but if I get back in the team and get a run of games, then I'm sure I will be back up to speed."