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Given: I'll fight for City place
05 Sep 2010 - 15:28:51
Out-of-favour goalkeeper Shay Given is determined to win back the Manchester City number one jersey from Joe Hart.
The experienced Republic of Ireland international has started the new season behind his younger rival in the Eastlands pecking order.
Given was strongly linked with moves to Arsenal and Fulham before the transfer window closed on Tuesday with him still a City player.
But rather than feel sorry for himself, the 34-year-old former Newcastle United shot-stopper is determined to win back his starting place from Hart.
"For me, now the window has closed, that (the possibility of a transfer) has gone," said Given.
"I have got to put my head down and work hard and try to get back in the team.
"I don't feel I have done a lot wrong since I have been at the club, so I suppose it's about proving the manager wrong and trying to work hard to get back in the team and if I get a chance, taking that and seeing how it goes.
"It is frustrating, but this is life at a big club which can buy as many players as it wants. You have got to be patient."
Given joined City from the Magpies in February 2009 and has made 60 appearances for the Eastlands club.