Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given has admitted that he needs to leave Villa Park in order to gain first team football, as reported by Sky Sports.

Given has hardly played a game for the Villains over the past two years and was used as a part-time coach towards the end of last season in order to help out struggling Paul Lambert.

The 38 year old does not want to go full-time into coaching just yet as he believes he has a few more years still in him to be a top goalkeeper.

The Irishman knows that to get first team football he will have to leave Aston Villa after three years in the Midlands.

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“If I am going to play, I have to move away from Villa Park,” Given told the Birmingham Mail.

“That’s something I have looked at, but it has to happen, I have been waiting for it to happen for two years now.

“There’s no use in me sitting here talking about it, someone has to make it happen.

“I just want to play football, but I haven’t played as much in the last two years. I don’t know the ins and outs of what has to happen now, I don’t know if Villa want a fee for me or if they’ll let me go, or if they will be asking for too much money.

“For me, it’s a case of getting the right club and the right move.”

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