Roberto Mancini says he will respect Shay Given's wishes if the goalkeeper decides he wants a move away from Manchester City.
Eastlands boss Mancini chose Joe Hart ahead of the Republic of Ireland goalkeeper for the Barclays Premier League season opener against Tottenham Hotspur and Saturday and impressed in helping his side to a goalless draw.
Given indicated last week that he was not prepared to wait around andsit on the bench behind Hart, and both Arsenal and Fulham are believed to be monitoring the situation.
Mancini would be reluctant to losethe 34-year-old - particularly to a top-four rival like the Gunners - but he said: 'I hope he can stay. But I respect his decision if he wantsto leave.'
City will try to convince Given to stay by offering the goalkeeper a pay rise and the chance to stay at Eastlands until he turns 39. He still has three years left on his current £80,000- a-week contract.
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