Former German international goalkeeper Jens Lehmann could make his second comeback in months at the age of 41 with another former club in FC Schalke 04 after he had come out of retirement for FC Arsenal London in March 2011.
Schalke last week confirmed the signing of 23 year old Ralf Faehrmann as their new number one to replace Manuel Neuer who has left the club for FC Bayern Munich. Now the club is in search for the right keeper as number two behind the young Faehrmann. There the club stumbled upon the name of their former keeper Jens Lehmann.
Lehmann had retired in summer 2010 after ending a two year stint with Stuttgart, but made a comeback for Arsenal on request from coach Arsene Wenger, who at the time had numerous keepers out injured. Lehmann only played a game for Arsenal, but is still interested to play rather retire for good.
The Essen born Lehmann had played in his youth for DJK Heisingen, Schwarz-Weiß Essen and FC Schalke 04 before he made his first team breakthrough for the royal blues. He thereafter went on to play for AC Milan, Borussia Dortmund, FC Arsenal and VfB Stuttgart.
But Manuel Neuer doesn't think it would the right step by Schalke. Neuer told German tabloid Bild, "Lehmann was one of my favourite goalkeepers together with Edwin van der Sar. However, I have to be honest. I do not think that it would work out well if he joins Schalke. I would advise Schalke to have faith in Mathias Schober. He has been at Schalke for several years and has a lot of experience."