Shay Given’s future appeared not to be in doubt this morning as Roberto Mancini made noises about hanging on to the player he dropped in favour of Joe ‘Having the form of my damn life’ Hart.
But Warren Barton who played with Given for years was talking on American TV’s Fox Soccer today. He said that Shay to Arsenal is pretty much a done deal.
Mancini remember folks is under no pressure financially to do anything. As with Bellamy, Manchester City are under no obligation to sell to anyone.
So will an new phrase pass into football vernacular, ‘Always the Schwarzer, never the Given’? Possibly not, but given (sorry, that wasn’t deliberate) the Fulham keeper’s recent quotes, if Barton is onto something here, Mark may have wished he’d kept his mouth shut.