Out of favour goalkeeper Shay given has been told by Manchester City that he is free to leave the club as soon as a replacement is found.
The shot-stopper lost his place in City’s starting line-up to Joe Hart this season and has been looking for a way out of the club since the start of the campaign.
Currently challenging for the Premier League title, City are reluctant to let the Republic of Ireland international leave as he is the only adequate cover for Hart they have and City manager Roberto Mancini confirmed that Given will not join another team until another capable goalkeeper takes his place on the bench: “I have talked about this with Shay and he told me that, if we have a chance to take another goalkeeper, [he would like to go].”
Mancini: Avoid complacency.
Roberto Mancini has told his players they must give it their all this afternoon if they are to avoid a repeat of their defeat to Wolves in October, says The Daily Star.
Three points against Wolves will put City top of the league and will increase the pressure on archrivals Manchester United.
Mick McCarthy’s men beat City 2-1 at the Molineux and Mancini admitted that memories of that game have not escaped his mind: “I remember it very well because in the first half-an-hour we played fantastic football, we scored a penalty and we had seven or eight chances to score and close the game. But we made some mistakes and after that Wolves played very well. I remember it well and I hope the team remember the game well.”
The former Inter Milan coach stressed that his players must put in a good performance if they are to beat Wolves, who have been the architects of a few upsets this season: “Against Wolves we must play very well if we want to win. They beat Liverpool, they beat Chelsea, they probably don’t deserve to stay on the bottom because they have a good manager, good players and it will be very difficult.”
City for the title.
Patrick Vieira believes Manchester City will win the league this season because the other title contenders are too inconsistent, according to The Sun.
The Frenchman says the large number of mistakes his former club Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea are making this campaign will aide City in their mission to lifting their first league title for 43 years this season.
When the 34-year-old was asked if City can win the Premier League this season he answered: “Yes, there really is a chance but not because we’re stronger. It’s because the others are in the process of messing up their seasons. When you look at United, Arsenal or Chelsea, it’s not their season and we can take advantage. With the squad we have we can spring a surprise.”