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Jens hints at retirement

22 Jan 2008 - 11:26:29

Arsenal's veteran goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has admitted that he could retire from the game at the end of the season.

The 38-year-old Germany international, who rejected the chance to move to Borussia Dortmund earlier this month, lost his place in the Gunners first team to Manuel Almunia in August and has made only two Premier League appearances this term.

"It troubles me greatly I'm not getting games, but that is the only thing I disagree about with Arsene Wenger," said Lehmann.

"There is a 50 per cent chance I could retire soon. It depends what offers I receive.

"If the same criteria were applied to Almunia as they are to me, I would have been back in the team a long time ago.

"But I am optimistic, and I go into every training session feeling I will soon be back playing."

Of his reasons for not signing for Dortmund, Lehmann added: "Crime levels are really high in London. I would not feel comfortable about leaving my wife and children alone there.

"I would have made more money had I joined Dortmund for five months, but it would have been less favourable for my family.

"I didn't want to make the children change schools for such a short period, and they didn't want to move.

"My wife and I did not want to disrupt their happiness simply because their dad made a couple of mistakes at the start of the season and now has to sit on the subs' bench."


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