Shay Given will not be leaving Manchester City this month, Citizens boss Roberto Mancini has said.
The Irish international has been looking for a move away from the City of Manchester Stadium in search of first-team football since he was displaced by Joe Hart at the start of the season and the 34-year-old announced on Friday that he would be willing to move to a club in the Championship in order to play regular football.
But Blues manager Mancini said he will not let the the former Newcastle stopper leave City at least until the end of the season: “The window closes soon. For us it would be impossible to find another goalkeeper like Shay. He must stay here.
“If we lose another player we need to bring in someone different. It is impossible if we have 19-20 players for the next four months.”
Kompany: Passion vital.
City defender Vincent Kompany believes that if his side are to win anything this season then the team must focus their passion which has led to controversies on the training ground throughout this campaign onto the football pitch.
The Blues currently sit third in the league and still have the FA Cup and the Europa League to play for this season and the young Belgian believes if the team’s ambition can be moved from fights on the training ground to victories on the football field then it won’t be long before the club collect their first trophy in 35 years.
Kompany told the club’s official website: “We have a very competitive squad. We may not yet be at the level of clubs who have won things for so many years but we are getting there. Our ambition is the same as theirs.
“If you look in training, a defeat in training can lead to a very dramatic scene where people are very angry at each other.
“I believe with this mentality we have now and the longer we are together we will be able to achieve great things. We will enjoy it as well as we enjoy being around each other.”
Vieira new deal hope.
Patrick Vieira is hoping to sign a new contract at the end of the season to keep the 34-year-old at Manchester City for at least another year.
Speaking to The Guardian the former Arsenal midfielder says he intends to go into coaching when he hangs up his boots and possibly managing but he hopes to continue his playing career for the foreseeable future: “I will try to take my coaching badges to keep my options open, but to be honest I just don’t see myself becoming a manager. That may change when I stop playing, but I don’t intend to do that for a while. My contract at City runs till June, but I will definitely be playing football next season, either here or somewhere else.”
Vieira stressed that he is happy at City and hopes to stay there for the time being: “I hope it is here, because I have been pleasantly surprised by Manchester. I didn’t know much about the place before I came but it is quite a pleasant city in which to live. I’m obviously hoping to get a few more games between now and the end of the season to show what I can do, but we will have to see what happens. I’m not frustrated or stressed about my situation here, I’m perfectly relaxed about it. I have had one or two injuries in the past couple of seasons but I am fit again now. I am not quite ready to give up playing yet. After this season I will still want to play somewhere.”