“I have a lot of respect for Shay,” the Italian said. “I told him before the transfer market finished that he could choose, that I hoped he would stay but that if he wanted to leave, then he could.And it seems increasingly clear that Given's future plans lie away from Eastlands. He said in an interview this weekend:
“He decided to stay here and now he must stay until January.
“If I’m flying around like Clark Kent in goals, I still won’t play on Saturday. That can be demoralising. We’ll see what happens come January and hopefully, if the situation is the same, I can go on loan and get some games in.This has been the inevitable outcome since the summer, when we had two 'keepers too ripe and too good to be back-ups. Whoever was benched was likely to leave, and it happens to be Given. I was surprised he didn't join Fulham on loan, and I suppose that's still a plausible outcome.
“I’ve never said I want to leave City. I believe it’s a big club that in the next couple of years is going to do big things. I want to be part of that, but I also want to be playing football.
“I wouldn’t mind where a loan was I and wouldn’t rule out abroad if it was a good club and a good team.”