Shay Given seeks move but denies pay-off

Shay GivenShay Given admits he must quit Aston Villla to get back into the Republic of Ireland squad, but has denied asking for a pay-off.

The 37-year-old said over the weekend that he intends to leave Villa this summer after spending the season playing second fiddle to Brad Guzan.

Given has three years left on a lucrative five-year contract he signed in 2011 when he joined from Manchester City and will have to take a pay cut if he is to find another club.

His £60,000-a-week wages mean that the remaining value of his contract is over £9.3m, but Given has denied reports that he will negotiate a £5m pay-off to get off Villa’s books.

“It’s a relief to think about moving to a club where I can play first-team football, because I found it hugely frustrating sitting on the bench for most of the past season,” said Given.

“Ideally, I’d like for that to be with another Premier League club, but nothing is guaranteed I suppose. I just want to be able to prove to people that I’m still a good goalkeeper.”

There could be interest in taking him on loan from several rival Premier League clubs but Villa chief Paul Lambert is keen to reduce his wage bill and the preferred option would be a permanent departure.

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