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Villa keeper-coach Given plans to play on

Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given isn't ready to hang up the gloves - despite his promotion to the coaching staff.

Given would welcome a fresh playing chance elsewhere.

"The manager and the club have said they would let me go if somebody came in," he said. "It's quite clear with the budget the manager has here and the cutbacks to be made, but I still feel I've got plenty of time left in my career.

"Hopefully something will happen in the summer and I can get playing again.

"You only have to look at Mark Schwarzer playing in a Champions League semi-final for Chelsea at 41-years-old on Tuesday or Brad Friedel, 42 at Spurs.

"People do forget you, but that's why my time on loan at Middlesbrough was important. It went really well.

"It gave me a boost again. I feel I can still play in the Premier League.

"Maybe I could go to a bigger club as a No 2 keeper because I feel I've got plenty to offer. My future may be elsewhere, but the most important thing is retaining Villa's status in the Premier League."

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