Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has told Shay Given he can leave the club in January but demanded he remains committed until the transfer window reopens.
Speaking after City's 2-0 win at Wigan, Mancini admitted he understood the concerns of Given, who said this week he was frustrated by his lack of first-team opportunities.
Mancini 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.'
"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."