Aston Villa insist out-of-favour Shay Given will not be sold in January
Republic of Ireland stopper behind Brad Guzan in pecking order
Monday 10 December 2012
Paul Lambert insists he has no interest in allowing out-of-favour Aston Villa keeper Shay Given to go out on loan.
Given has lost his place this season to Brad Guzan and his only appearances since August have been in the Capital One Cup ties with Manchester City and Swindon.
The former Republic of Ireland international, who still has three-and-a-half years remaining on his contract, was recently linked with a temporary move to Hull.
But Lambert is adamant he needs two quality keepers at his disposal and that the competition drives them both on.
He said: "Has there been any interest in Given? I haven't a clue. Honestly, I've not had that conversation and he hasn't said.
"I'm just happy to have two quality goalkeepers here.
"Am I tempted to send Given on loan? No, I wasn't tempted. You need the two of them to push each other.
"The fact Brad has got Shay breathing down his neck, I'm sure is driving him on."
Given started the opening two Barclays Premier League games of the campaign against West Ham and Everton.
He was then replaced by Guzan, who initially left the club in the summer before returning to sign a new three-year contract.
Latest in Sport
Brazil vs Germany match report World Cup 2014: Utter humiliation for hosts as Thomas Muller and Toni Kroos help Germany hit seven past Selecao
World Cup 2014: The 50 best players of the World Cup
Angel di Maria: Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal 'monitoring' Real Madrid winger
PornHub begs users to stop uploading video clips of Brazil getting beaten 7-1
Brazil vs Germany World Cup 2014: Heartbreaking photos show home fans reacting to humiliating defeat
- 1 Howard Jacobson: Let's see the 'criticism' of Israel for what it really is
- 3 Do you know this man? Amnesia sufferer found in park pleads for help in identifying who he is
- 4 PornHub begs users to stop uploading video clips of Brazil getting beaten 7-1
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
British jihadist calls for 'flag of Islam' over Downing Street and Buckingham Palace
Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea
7/7 memorial defaced on anniversary of 2005 attacks with ‘Blair lied thousands died’ graffiti
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
There’s a nasty smell in the political air – and it’s coming from the Tories