Shay Given: 'I needed first-team football'

Shay Given: 'I needed first-team football'
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Aston Villa's new goalkeeper Shay Given admits the offer of first-team football was the main reason for his move away from Manchester City.

Shay Given has admitted that the offer of first-team football was the main motivation for his move to Aston Villa.

The Irish goalkeeper moved to Villa Park for £3.5m last week after spending much of last season on the substitutes' bench at Manchester City.

The 35-year-old, who fell behind Joe Hart in the pecking order at Eastlands, admitted that he needs to be playing as regularly as possible at his age.

Given said: "For me, it's about playing football. You've got one career and I want to play as much as I can.

"I've just turned 35 and I'm at a stage in my career where I need to be playing regularly - that was all I was thinking."

Alex McLeish's first signing as Villa manager is likely to be joined by Wigan's Charles N'Zogbia, as the French winger was due to undergo a medical at Villa Park today.

A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
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