Given wants City future
Goalkeeper hoping to stay at Eastlands beyond summer
Last Updated: April 28, 2011 2:22pm
Given: Unsure of future but hopes to stay at City and fulfil his ambitions
Shay Given has declared that he does not know what the future holds but he would love to stay with Manchester City.
Joe Hart has established himself as Roberto Mancini's first-choice goalkeeper ahead of Given and speculation has suggested the Irishman could be set to move on in the summer.
However, Given maintains that he has no desire to leave and still hopes to fulfil the ambitions he outlined when he first joined City.
The 35-year-old arrived at Eastlands from Newcastle in 2009 with the hope of winning trophies and he has no regrets about coming to the club.
"I don't regret coming here. You get a gut feeling and I said when I joined this club I felt like a kid again."
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"It was important for me to be part of something big here," he told Radio Manchester.
"I don't know what the future holds and whether I will be here or not.
"I would love to be part of it but time will tell.
"I don't regret coming here. You get a gut feeling and I said when I joined this club I felt like a kid again.
"It was a new club and new surroundings, and maybe you do go a bit stale being at the same club for 12 years."
Given has been impressed by the determination of City's owners to bring success to the club and hopes to re-establish himself as a key player.
"It's not ideal at the minute because I'm not playing but things do change very quickly in football and if my chance comes I have to be ready to take it," he explained.
"You look around our changing room and we have some of the best players in the world, and I feel very privileged to be part of that.
"It was a huge decision to come here but it felt right at the time because I was joining Manchester City, who had huge ambitions and I was promised there would be investment in the team.
"The owners have stuck by what they said and brought huge players to the club.
"That was the reason I left Newcastle because I felt like I was joining a club that had a huge chance of doing fantastic things, challenging at the top of the league and challenging for silverware.
"No disrespect to the people at Newcastle, but they were trying to cut back, sell some of their best players and get others in on frees. I felt after 12 years it was the right time for me to have a new challenge."