keeper's problems continue

Magnin: Lehmann unsettling squad

December 19, 2009
By Soccernet staff

Defender Ludovic Magnin claims eccentric goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has become an unsettling influence in the Stuttgart dressing room in recent weeks.

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GettyImagesJens Lehmann: Behaviour is having a negative impact on the team.

Magnin yesterday agreed a transfer to Zurich and is expected to make his final appearance for Stuttgart in the derby with Hoffenheim today.

But before his departure on January 1, the 30-year-old has taken a swipe at goalkeeper Lehmann, whose recent behaviour has left him isolated from the rest of the squad.

"Jens is not a person to set the tone off the field,'' Magnin told the Bild newspaper.

Lehmann was given permission to take an extra day off per week in the contract he signed with Stuttgart in 2008, while he can also travel home alone from away matches if he wishes.

Magnin revealed Lehmann's "privileges'' have not been welcomed by his team-mates.

"Football is a team sport and whenever things aren't going well, then these privileges are made out to be the problem,'' Magnin said.

"What may not be an issue when you are successful becomes more disturbing than an elephant when things aren't going well. I told Jens this in a chat four weeks ago.

"He demands a lot from his team-mates and I would have expected him to show up for training the following day.''

Lehmann is suspended for the next three matches following his red card against Mainz last weekend.