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Wenger: No Lehmann bids

07 Dec 2007 - 11:41:54

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has denied suggestions that Jens Lehmann will be allowed to leave the Emirates Stadium in January and return to Germany.

The veteran Germany international has been linked with a return to the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg after losing his place to Manuel Almunia this season.

Lehmann is reportedly keen to move in a bid to keep alive his dream of representing Germany in next summer's Euro 2008 finals.

However, Wenger insists he is not aware of any interest in the former Borussia Dortmund keeper.

"No, it's not true. It's only newspaper talk because nothing concrete has been discussed between me and Jens and nothing between me and Wolfsburg," he told Arsenal TV Online.

"At the moment I do not want to speculate on any movement in the transfer window.

"We want to focus on our games and Jens is part of that."

Meanwhile, Wenger has revealed that Robin van Persie is set to return to full training next week after seven weeks on the sidelines with a knee injury.

"We have to see how he responds to contact training," he admitted.

"Don't forget he has been out for seven or eight weeks and has had no contact until now so we might have to be a little bit patient."

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