But Given feels Robinho has plenty to offer City after regaining his brilliance at the World Cup now that he is fit again.
"I don't know what his current situation is but there's no denying he's had a great World Cup," he said.
"The bottom line is he remains a Manchester City player no matter what's been written.
"I'd love to see him back at City, he's gone out and proved a lot of people wrong in South Africa.
"You forget that he missed a lot of last year through injury and he was coming off the bench. I don't think he had his match sharpness to be honest.
"But going back to Santos and regaining his fitness has really helped. He's shown us why he's rated as one of the best in the world this summer and he's still young."