Given Snub Blows Schwarzer's Dream Move

By Kevin Markey
Last updated : 31 August 2010
The ongoing keeper saga may have finally come to a close after The Guardian suggested that 34-year old Republic of Ireland international Given, who has been demoted to number two at Eastlands, has decided to stay with City and compete with youngster Joe Hart for a starting spot in Roberto Mancini's team.

Schwarzer was apparently close to becoming a Gunners player but needed Given to become his replacement at Craven Cottage and after that did not transpire, it seems as though he will remain a Cottagers player.

The 37-year old Australian international has not been a part of the first three Premier League squads deployed by Mark Hughes so far this season but was named in Hoglger Osieck's Socceroos list for upcoming friendlies with Switzerland and Poland.

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