Germany’s Jens Lehmann said he will stay with Arsenal, even though he has lost his place as first-choice goalkeeper at the club.
“I want to stay with Arsenal until the end of the season,” Lehmann told a press conference ahead of Germany’s Euro 2008 qualifier against Cyprus in Hanover.
“I have a responsibility with regard to my family and for my children, even if I were not to regain my place.
“I cannot just leave like that before the season ends,” he added.
Lehmann will win his 50th cap against Cyprus in a game that is rendered academic as Germany have already qualified for next year’s finals.
The keeper admitted he has received several offers from other clubs, without giving exact details.
But he again criticised Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who has chosen Spaniard Manuel Almunia ahead of him since a series of blunders earlier in the season.
“I believe a manager must be honest with his players,” said Lehmann.
“During the two talks I had with him about my contract extension he gave me no indication of what he was going to do,” said Lehmann, who has been with Arsenal since 2003.
“I would like to be in the head of my manager, but I cannot answer your questions for him,” he added.
But Lehmann again disputed whether Almunia is better than him.
“There are situations where you find yourself behind a goalkeeper who is world-class and you have to accept that.
“But I am not in this situation,” he added.