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Wenger waits on Lehmann
03 Feb 2007 - 09:08:54
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has accepted that veteran goalkeeper Jens Lehmann could opt to leave the club at the end of the season.
The 37-year-old Germany international is out of contract in the summer and will only be offered a one-year deal by the Gunners - in line with their policy for all players over 30.
That leaves Wenger open to losing Lehmann if he is offered a longer deal elsewhere.
The Frenchman admitted: "I have had a little meeting with him. At the moment, we have to sit down again to decide about that.
"Ideally, I would like him to stay, but I do not know yet. You have to wait.
"He will not get more than one year. What can change is somebody can offer him three years.
"What we talk about is between him and me, but we have not really sat down yet and spoken about a contract.
"We spoke about how the year went, what I expect of him for the rest of the season and we will speak about a contract in a few weeks.
"I would like to settle it before the summer, but if he says he is going to leave, that will not affect him."