Aitor Karanka keeps in-form Shay Given at Middlesbrough

IN TOP FORM: Middlesbrough's Shay Given
IN TOP FORM: Middlesbrough's Shay Given

AITOR Karanka has succeeded in his bid to keep Shay Given at Middlesbrough.

The Boro head coach has agreed a loan extension with Aston Villa for the Republic of Ireland legend.

SportMail reported on Monday that Karanka wanted to keep Given beyond today’s trip to Bolton and revealed the goalie was keen to stay.

The 37-year-old, who has been a major success since arriving on Teesside a month ago, will stay at the Riverside until February 28.

Chief Executive Neil Bausor said: “We are extremely delighted to secure the extension of Shay’s loan until the end of February.”

Given has played seven games for Boro since making his debut in the home game with Bolton on November 30 and has kept four clean sheets. His arrival has coincided with Boro’s best run of results since November 2012.

Given is the second most capped player for the Republic of Ireland, having played for them 125 times.

He made 461 appearances for Newcastle spread over a 12-year stay before moving to Manchester City for just short of £6million on transfer deadline day in January 2009.

After making 69 appearances for City, Given moved to Aston Villa for a reported £3.5million in the summer of 2011. He has so far made 43 appearances for the Villans.

He is one of a select band of players to have represented all three major North-East clubs, having made 17 appearances on loan with Sunderland in 1996.