Given Staying At Newcastle

Last updated : 11 January 2007 By Footy Mad - Editor

... IF Jens Lehmann leaves at the end of the season.

The Gunners have a strange policy of offering only one-year contracts to players over 30 years of age. The German international is out of contract in the summer and wants his future sorting out with more than just a 12-month guarantee.
Wenger has long been a fan of Shay Given, and was ready to offer him a transfer prior to him signing a new contract at St James' Park. But Given wants first team action, and he wasn't going to spend his time in London sat on the bench.

Given still has four years to run on his five-year deal and is happy at Newcastle; Glenn Roeder is happy to keep him; and only a massive transfer offer would prize him away from St James' Park.