Jens Lehmann will not be making a much-anticipated return to Schalke after all. The 41-year-old had been heavily linked with a comeback in Gelsenkirchen, however, the club's management have shut the door, preferring to concentrate on their current goalkeeping trio.
"We are going into pre-season with Ralf Fahrmann, Mathias Schober and Lars Unnerstall. Should there be circumstances in which we sign another goalkeeper, we will find a solution, which meets both the financial and sporting needs of the club," coach Ralf Rangnick told Bild.
Lehmann, who played for the Royal Blues between 1988 and 1998, had been seen as a candidate to provide experienced competition for Fahrmann, who arrived on a free transfer from Eintracht Frankfurt to replace Manuel Neuer, who was sold to Bayern Munich.
He made a brief comeback out of retirement for Arsenal in 2010-11, starting their 3-1 away victory against Blackpool and marking his 200th appearance for the Gunners in the process. The major stumbling blocks to a return to Schalke were his age and his reported wage demands of €4m a year.
In the event that Fahrmann, who himself is returning to Schalke, fails to make a good impression in the upcoming pre-season friendlies, Rangnick is more likely to turn to the young Polish shot-stopper Grzegorz Sandomierski, who is just 21 and currently plays for Jagiellonia Białystok.