Jens Lehmann’s proposed return to the Bundesliga appears to be in tatters after Schalke coach Ralk Rangnick confirmed to German publication Bild that he would not be adding the 40-year-old to his squad.
Having retired from the game at the end of the 2009/10 season, Lehmann was lured back to professional duty in January when Arsene Wenger offered him a short term contract as emergency cover at the Emirates.
Featuring against Blackpool in the Premier League in April, despite suggestions he would be limited to a place on the Gunners bench, Lehmann seemingly proved himself capable of continuing with a career at the highest level and was subsequently tipped to provide cover in Gelsenkirchen after Schalke sold Manuel Neuer to Bayern Munich.
Nevertheless, after a four week impasse it now appears the Bundesliga have reneged on their initial contract offer claiming a deal for Lehmann is not financially viable.
“We will be working with Ralf Fahrmann, Mathias Schober and Lars Unnerstall in pre-season. Getting another goalkeeper would be unsustainable from a sporting and financial standpoint,” stated Rangnick.
The club will now make do with trio Ralf Ferryman , Mathias Schober and Lars Unnerstall as they prepare for the new season.