Trapattoni says Given’s future could lie in Serie A while Ireland pockets £1.5m pay-off
Published 18/08/2010 | 05:00
GIOVANNI TRAPATTONI has advised Shay Given to consider a move to Serie A if he decides to leave Manchester City, although he still believes the Irish 'keeper can reclaim his first-team place from Joe Hart.
The Donegal man is keen to find new employment, with Hart in command of the City jersey, and has been linked with both Fulham and Celtic.
A switch to Arsenal has been floated in several quarters but City would be reluctant to help a rival for a place in the top four.
City manager Roberto Mancini indicated yesterday that he would reluctantly allow the 34-year-old to leave, despite offering Given a new five-year contract and an increase on his £80,000-a-week salary to be deputy -- with his only guaranteed regular football in the Europa League.
"I hope that Shay will stay with us," said Mancini. "I accept his position, though. I respect his wishes if he wants to leave."
While Trapattoni believes that Given should not rush into any hasty decisions, he will encourage his main man to broaden his horizons if his departure is inevitable.
The former Newcastle 'keeper has spoken in the past of a desire to try his luck on the continent, and the Irish boss would happily recommend his services to clubs in Italy.
"I spoke with Shay," Trapattoni said. "He has a good mentality, he is a strong man. I look for him. There are teams not only in England, but also Italy who Shay could play for.
"I assured him I think he can play again in Manchester. It is better he stays, because I think he can play."
The Irish contingent at Eastlands is certain to be reduced in this transfer window, with Stephen Ireland on his way to Aston Villa as a £8m makeweight in City's £24m swoop for James Milner.
Ireland is understood to have received £1.5m from the Eastlands hierarchy before agreeing to leave -- 75pc of the amount he had initially requested as a golden handshake to facilitate the Milner switch.
He will enter a Villa dressing-room which is currently controlled by Kevin MacDonald, who was Irish assistant boss when the Cobh man walked away from international duty citing the fictional death of two grandmothers back in September 2007.