Italian interest in Given
Giovanni Trapattoni claims clubs in Italy would be keen to sign Man City goalkeeper Shay Given.
Last Updated: 21/09/10 1:19pm
Republic of Ireland coach Giovanni Trapattoni claims clubs in Italy would be keen to sign Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given.
The 34-year-old is expected to seek a move away from City during the January transfer window after losing his first-team spot to Joe Hart this season.
Given has yet to make an appearance for City since Hart's return from a loan spell at Birmingham City, although he could be given a chance in the Carling Cup against West Brom on Wednesday.
Newcastle United have played down reports of a move to re-sign Given and a winter to switch to Serie A has been mooted, with Roma rumoured to be interested.
Trapattoni, who retains faith in Given as Ireland's No.1, has confirmed the shot-stopper is highly rated in Serie A and has discussed the situation with clubs in his homeland.
"We have already, myself and Marco (Tardelli), spoken with some Italian teams," said Trapattoni in the Irish Independent.
"In Italy, he is kept in high regard by many. But the goalkeeper is a difficult position.
"There is interest in them, and we have one or two teams who have goalkeepers inferior to them.
"But there are many situations in Italy, like in England. We can only inform them. We cannot force it.
"If he has the opportunity, maybe he will ask to leave City."