Lehmann signs new Stuttgart deal

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Former Germany goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has signed a one-year contract extension that will keep him with VfB Stuttgart until the end of next season.

The 39-year-old, whose contract was due to expire in the summer, joined the 2007 Bundesliga champions on a free transfer from Arsenal last summer.

Lehmann had previously said his decision to play on depended on whether Stuttgart would be able to offer him European football next season.

With nine games of the season remaining, Die Schwaben sit just outside of the top five and are on course for a place in the inaugural Europa League.

"VfB Stuttgart are a well-run club with great fans and a positive environment," Lehmann told the club's official website.

"I enjoy playing here. I am looking forward to next season, but for now we are concentrating on finishing the present campaign as successfully as possible."

Interim Stuttgart coach Markus Babbel added: "I am delighted he is staying on.

"For me he is still one of the best goalkeepers in the game with his professionalism, his reputation and his charisma."

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