Shay Given to leave Villa

Shay Given has confirmed that he'll be leaving Aston Villa this summer.

Given revealed in his column in the Irish Sun that he had spoken to Villa boss Paul Lambert, who had agreed that he should be allowed to leave to pursue first-team football.

The 37 year-old has lost his place in the Villa team this season to American international Brad Guzan but revealed that he's not sure if he'll be allowed to leave on loan or as a transfer.

He's also reiterated a desire to return to the Irish set-up if he can secure regular first-team football once again.