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Shay Given set to leave Villa Park before new season

Shay-GivenClub ready to send keeper out on loan to find first-team football if no permanent deal is done.

Shay Given is set to join the exodus of Villa ’s big earners this summer with the club ready to send him out on loan if a permanent deal fails to materialise.

Given is rated by manager Paul Lambert , who would be prepared to keep the 37-year-old as an understudy to first-choice keeper Brad Guzan.

But at a meeting last week Lambert and the player agreed it would be better if Given looked for first-team football elsewhere at this stage of his career.

Given’s wages and length of contract could prove to be a stumbling block to a permanent move with the Irish stopper on a reported £60,000 per week for three more years.

Therefore, a loan deal offering the former Manchester City favourite regular football and putting him in the shop window could be a viable alternative next season.

Villa rejected a request from Steve Bruce to take him on a temporary basis to Hull last term and the newly-promoted Tigers could renew their interest this summer.

“I had a meeting with manager Paul Lambert,” confirmed Given.

“We both agreed I should be playing first-team football and that’s not happening at Villa right now.”

Given started last season as Villa’s No.1 after arriving from the Etihad Stadium the previous summer, taking a paycut in return for the security of a five-year deal.

But the £3.5 million signing was dropped after two Premier League games, losing his place to Guzan for the rest of the campaign, except for during cup matches.

Despite his lack of opportunities, Given has retained a good working relationship with the manager, who has been pleased with the player’s attitude in training.

However, Guzan, who was Villa’s double player-of-the-season award winner, has now established himself as the main goalkeeper after years of being an understudy at Villa.

Meanwhile, Richard Dunne could make a long-awaited return to action with Ireland this weekend after training with the national team following his release from Villa.

The experienced defender, who missed the whole of last season with a groin problem, was deemed surplus to requirements by Lambert after his four-year contract expired.

Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni admits tomorrow’s Wembley friendly against England is too soon, but Dunne has an outside chance of making Sunday’s World Cup qualifer against Georgia in Dublin.

“He would have to be 100 per cent fit,” said Trapattoni, who will treat Dunne with kid gloves to avoid risking his chances of finding a new club.

“Don’t forget, this injury has been ten months, one year. It was a bad injury and then he had surgery.

“Only if he was very okay, 100 per cent. But there are two or three questions: he is without a club; he is many months without a game; and it’s a qualifier.

“But, for us, he will be again important in the future.

“I spoke with him and I clarified his position, his position with the club and his position for us. We need Richard in the future.

“But he has no club at this moment. I said ‘Richard, we will help you because you deserve respect, but you have no team at this moment and you must be careful because an injury could be for you very, very dangerous’.

“We have more respect for him. I said we will go step by step. We have these two opportunities and we can assess his condition after the next two or three days.”

Tags: Aston Villa | Paul Lambert | Premier League | Shay Given

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