Mancini ready to let Given leave Man City

19 September 2010 06:30

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has told Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given he can leave the club in January but demanded he remains committed until the transfer window reopens.

- Transfer Centre / Wigan 0-2 Manchester City: Report

Speaking after City's 2-0 win at Wigan on Sunday, Mancini admitted he understood the concerns of Given, who said this week he was frustrated by his lack of first-team opportunities.

He said: "I have a lot of respect for Shay and I told him the situation before the finish of the (transfer) market. I told him. 'Shay, you can choose. I hope that you stay here but I respect your decision and if you want to leave you can.'"

Mancini added: "He decided to stay here and until January he must stay here.

"I understand his frustration but I need that Shay stays here and puts in 100%. In January if he decides to leave I respect his decision."

Source: PA