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Kinnear rules out Given departure

Shay Given
Given produced a series of magnificent saves against Liverpool on Sunday

Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear says Shay Given will not be leaving St James' Park despite the goalkeeper saying he is disillusioned with life at the club.

Given's lawyer Michael Kennedy said in a statement that the 32-year-old was considering his future after last week's 5-1 defeat by Liverpool.

The Irishman also said he had reached the "lowest point of his career".

"He is our player and he is going to stay our player, it's as simple as that," said Kinnear.

"I'm not sure of the facts that he (Kennedy) has said that or how it's been interpreted, but what I will say is Shay is contracted until 2011.

"We are not interested at all in selling him. I want to clear that - that is probably the last time I will be talking about it.

No problem with Given - Kinnear

"He is an integral part of the team, he is the best goalkeeper by miles in the league, so why should we jeopardise our chances in the position we are in?"

Despite Kinnear's latest declaration that his keeper would not be leaving, the club could now be forced to listen to offers of about 8m for Given after he made it known publicly of his desire to leave St James' Park.

"All that he can see ahead with the turmoil on and off the pitch is a battle for survival," Kennedy said in a statement.

"Shay is very despondent following the very poor performance of the team against Liverpool last weekend.

"It was the lowest point of his football career and a performance that he would not wish to be repeated.

"Having served the club loyally for over 11 years, Shay feels compelled to consider his position in the light of the interest being expressed in him by Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham."

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Given, who signed a five-year deal in 2006, has been linked with Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City.

But Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was quick to play down any possibility of Given moving to the Emirates Stadium, saying: "We have not made any inquiry for Shay Given at all.

"I have a high regard for Shay Given as a player, but we do not look for a goalkeeper."

Given has made 459 appearances for the Magpies since joining from Blackburn for 1.5m in 1997.

Newcastle have some strength in the goalkeeping position, with Given's long-term deputy Steve Harper currently in discussions over a new contract.

However, Kinnear is determined to hold on to his best players, including England striker Michael Owen whose contract expires in the summer, as he attempts to steer the club away from the bottom half of the table.

The club's off-field dramas took another twist this week when owner Mike Ashley took the club off the market after failing to attract a buyer.

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see also
Newcastle 1-5 Liverpool
28 Dec 08 |  Premier League
Ashley calls off Newcastle sale
28 Dec 08 |  Newcastle
Wigan 2-1 Newcastle
26 Dec 08 |  Premier League
Owen 'owes Magpies another year'
24 Dec 08 |  Newcastle
Owen delays decision over future
22 Dec 08 |  Newcastle
Kinnear revels in change of luck
21 Dec 08 |  Premier League
Kinnear starts work at Newcastle
30 Sep 08 |  Newcastle


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