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Shay Given can leave Man City, says Roberto Mancini

Shay Given
Given has been out of favour this season at Manchester City

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has revealed he is willing to let goalkeeper Shay Given leave in January.

Given has been displaced as City's number one by Joe Hart this season and has not featured in any of the club's eight fixtures.

Speaking after City's 2-0 win at Wigan, Mancini said: "I told him that he can stay but I respect his decision and if he wants to leave he can.

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

Mancini admitted he understood the concerns of Given, who expressed his frustration at the lack of first-team opportunities earlier in the week.

"I have a lot of respect for Shay and I told him the situation," stated Mancini. "I understand his frustration but I need that Shay stays here and puts in 100%."

Given's successor Hart hardly had a shot to save all afternoon as goals from captain Carlos Tevez and Yaya Toure helped City ease to victory over Wigan.

606: DEBATE

And Mancini heaped praise on Tevez and believes the recent decision to hand the captaincy to the Argentine appeared to have helped his game.

"I thought about it during the summer and I spoke to Carlos about it. He is an important player and he can improve as captain and we can have more of him," added Mancini.

"I'm very happy for him because at this moment he probably isn't at 100% of his form. Maybe his goal can help him and it is fantastic he got it."

Mancini keen to keep pace with leaders

For Wigan boss Roberto Martinez it was another case of defensive blunders costing his side dear, with Mohamed Diame and Maynor Figueroa at fault for City's goals.

Martinez said: "We created Manchester City's best chances and that is very disappointing. In any performance the hardest thing should be to concede a goal.

"At the moment from time to time we come out with this softness in our defensive play, which really lets ourselves down and puts games out of our reach.

"In defence we showed a lack of intensity. We are giving ourselves a mountain to climb to get points from games and that is what is so disappointing."

Martinez calls on 'naive' Wigan to improve

Martinez accepted Nigel de Jong may have been fortunate to stay on the pitch after two clattering challenges but he refused to seek any other excuses.

"He was lucky but it was as self-inflicted defeat," commented Martinez. "I will never look at anything else other than ourselves when it is so obvious what made the difference."



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