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Wenger: Lehmann still here
10 Jan 2008 - 09:04:00
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has denied reports from Germany suggesting that goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has agreed a return to Borussia Dortmund.
The 38-year-old has slipped behind Manuel Almunia in the Gunners pecking order this season and is expected to return to his homeland in a bid to gain first-team action and secure his place at the upcoming European Championship finals.
Dortmund spokesman, Joseph Schneck, commented: "It is true that we have come to terms financially, but we are still waiting for him to iron out a few things that are important for him, like personal matters.
"Then we hope he will join us, but it would be too early to confirm that he'll come. Jens Lehmann will not be here in the next one or two days."
The club's sporting director, Michael Zorc, had earlier suggested that a deal had already been agreed, leaving Wenger to deny such talk after the 1-1 Carling Cup semi-final first leg draw at home to Spurs.
He added: "It's not true. Not for Jens and not for us.
"I deny that Jens has agreed personal terms with Dortmund and I deny that we have an agreement with Dortmund.
"At the moment he is still at the club. There is a chance, but I believe he has not made up his mind."