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The veteran goalkeeper made just two appearances in the Premier League last season, with Paul Lambert favouring Brad Guzan, and hopes to seal a move away from the club

Goalkeeper Shay Given is hopeful he can secure a move away from Aston Villa in the January transfer window.

The 37-year-old is not in Paul Lambert's first-team plans at Villa Park, with Brad Guzan preferred ahead of him, and admits he has struggled with his continued omission as he eyes an exit from the club.

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"When you have played virtually every game throughout your career it is difficult, especially when you think you should still be playing," he told The Daily Mail

"I will just train hard until January and hope something comes up."

Given has not played for Villa since their 2-1 FA Cup defeat against Millwall in January and, while he remains frustrated at his lack of match action, is confident he can get a move away and enjoy regular football again. 

"I am disappointed I am not involved but I still have three years left on my contract, and I know I am fortunate to have that security," he continued.

"There’s a lot of good lads out there who haven’t even got a club at the moment. I could still be sitting here this time next year, no change, or something might come up in January."

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