Given will move on if an offer arrives

Former Republic of Ireland keeper Shay Given will leave Aston Villa on a permanent basis this summer if an offer comes in.

Given, 37, will return to Villa at the end of the month following an impressive loan spell at Middlesbrough. He has two years left on his contract but as he has not played for the club for the last 13 months, knows he needs a permanent move — especially if he is to revive his international career.

“I just hope there will be a few options for me,” he said. “Hopefully this spell at Middlesbrough will have shown I still have a lot to offer.”

Given had hoped to see out the season at Middlesbrough but Villa refused to extend the loan spell — much to his disappointment.

“Aston Villa wanted to have that 24-hour recall they have on the emergency loan in case something happened to Brad Guzan,” added Given.

“Had they extended the loan until the end of the season they couldn’t call me back. That recall would have been scrapped.

“Villa didn’t feel they could take that risk. They wanted somebody with experience as an option to call on. I could possibly go to another Championship club when I go back there.

But I can’t come back to Middlesbrough.


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