Jens Lehmann sets retirement date

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Former Germany and Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has announced his decision to hang up his gloves at the end of the season.

Lehmann, who turns 40 in November, will see out his contract with VfB Stuttgart, the club he joined after a long spell with Arsenal, and then retire.

"After this season it's finished for me. I will have had enough by then," he said in an interview with the German Sat.1 television station.

"It will be time to try something else and to move out of the spotlight for a bit."

Often controversial, he will be remembered as the first keeper to be sent off in a Champions League final, for a foul on Samuel Eto'o in the 2006 defeat against Barcelona.

Lehmann played 61 games for Germany and was the team's first choice goalkeeper at the 2006 World Cup and Euro 2008, after which he quit his international career.

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