Bayern Munich manager Uli Hoeness has ruled out the possibility of signing Arsenal’s out-of-favour goalkeeper Jens Lehmann, despite the retirement of Oliver Kahn.
Lehmann, 38, has failed to regain his place in the Arsenal starting line-up since losing his place in September and with Bayern captain Kahn, also 38, due to retire at the end of the season, the Arsenal keeper would appear to be a viable replacement.
But Hoeness insists that Bayern’s 23-year-old reserve goalkeeper Michael Rensing has been earmarked as Kahn’s long-term successor.
“We have promised Michael over and over again that he would be our first choice when Oliver Kahn retires,” Hoeness told German television channel DSF.
“It would be relatively senseless to replace one 38-year-old with another, besides Lehmann is not the sort of player to sit on the bench waiting for Michael to get ill or injured.”
Bayern president Franz Beckenbauer added a switch to Bayern was unlikely as there was still some ill will between Lehmann and the club.
“I would exclude anything, but I can’t see how Lehmann would come to Bayern, especially as there is still some animosity from earlier times,” said Beckenbauer.
Just 10 days ago, Lehmann turned down a move to Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund due to “personal reasons”.
Lehmann said: “It saddens me to disappoint Dortmund officials who made huge efforts to sign me and who gave me a lot of time to think things over.”