Giovanni Trapattoni: Shay Given could move to Italy

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Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given would do well in Italy, according to Republic of Ireland coach Giovanni Trapattoni.

The 34-year-old shot-stopper seems certain to leave Eastlands in January after losing his place in Roberto Mancini's first team to Joe Hart.

A possible switch to Newcastle United has been ruled out by Magpies manager Chris Hughton, leaving Given to ponder his options.

Trapattoni claims a couple of Serie A sides are monitoring Given's position, telling the Irish Independent:"We have already, myself and Marco (Tardelli), spoken with some Italian teams.

"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."

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