Former Arsenal keeper Lehmann set to call time on his playing career

09 March 2010 10:56
Stuttgart goalkeeper Jens Lehmann is likely to retire in the summer after confirming he won't be extending his contract at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.   [LNB]The 40-year-old has opted against remaining with the Swabians and hopes understudies Sven Ulreich and Alexander Stolz will prosper following his departure.   [LNB]'Staying would be unfair on Sven Ulreich,' the former Arsenal stopper told the Bild newspaper. 'He will be rivalling Alexander Stolz and they are both looking forward to the challenge.'[LNB] Bringing down the curtain: Lehmann is ready to hang up his gloves[LNB]Asked if he would consider staying on a while longer, particularly since Ulreich has a serious injury and may miss the start of next season, Lehmann said he could 'rule that out'.   [LNB]It appears the only scenario in which former Germany international Lehmann would prolong his playing career is if a Premier League club came calling.   [LNB]He recently claimed that he felt good enough to play another year in the English top flight and an offer to do so may change his mind about retiring.   [LNB]'I am planning to retire, but you just never know,' he added. 'I am still really enjoying playing football.'[LNB] Huge blow for Arsenal as Fabregas is ruled out of showdown against PortoTheo Walcott demands medals this season as Arsenal winger is sick of losingCHRIS WADDLE EXCLUSIVE: Leaving Theo Walcott at home is a no-brainerDon't panic, cries Wenger after Arsenal are hit by Gallas injury blowARSENAL FC

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