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Shay Given agrees five-year deal with Aston Villa

19th July 2011 - Berko Tau

Shay Given has committed to playing football games as Aston Villa's goalkeeper next season.

The 35-year-old Irishman will fill the gap in the first-team left by the departure of Brad Friedel to Tottenham, having signed a five-year deal.

Given was not first choice for soccer games at Manchester City last season, with football manager Roberto Mancini preferring England international Joe Hart.

In an interview published on the club's website, Given said: "Everyone knows that I didn't play enough football last season.

"Hopefully, this move will get me back to where I was before in the Premier League, which is where every player wants to be playing."

This will be Villa football manager Alex McLeish's first signing since taking over at Villa Park.

The former Birmingham manager described the Irish international as a "world-class keeper", noting that Given has "something of a point to prove" after being sidelined at City for the best part of last season.

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