Shay Given has revealed his frustration at Manchester City's refusal to let him leave during the January transfer window.
The Republic of Ireland goalkeeper admitted he hoped he would be allowed to go out on loan after a frustrating season at Eastlands.
Given has lost his No 1 spot to Joe Hart in the summer and has started just four games of the current campaign and has played more matches for Ireland - six in total.
However, the 34-year-old is trying to remain optimistic about his situation and with City challenging in the Barclays Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League hopes he will get the chance to dislodge Hart.
He said: 'I thought there was a possibility (of moving) towards the end of the transfer window but the club wanted me to stay. When you are a player you probably only think about yourself but you have got to respect what the club want as well.
'We are in three competitions this year with a realistic chance of winning all three. It is frustrating for me but who knows in football? Things can change very quickly. We have a lot of games coming up and anything could happen.'
With that in mind, Given admits he will grab with both hands the chance of another international cap against Wales in the Carling Nations Cup opener at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday night.
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Such is his club situation at present, Given admits he has a lot to thank for Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni for as the Italian could have also decided not to use him due to lack of game time this season.
The Republic of Ireland's most-capped player said: 'It is nice to play. If I wasn't picked I don't have a caseto say I should be playing because I'm not playing for my club.
'It's thanks to Mr Trapattoni that I'm starting. I'm just delighted and I want to play football. I have trained more than I have ever trained. When you're playing,the next day you have a warm-down, so I've just stuck to training.
'I'm working harder than normal and hopefully that will stand me in good stead.'
Given ishoping to thwart former Newcastle team-mate Gary Speed, who is taking charge of Wales for the first time. He said:'I played many games with him and am looking forward to seeing him.'
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