Derek Rae has claimed Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno is someone “well regarded” in Germany. as he told the Highbury Squad Podcast.
The Bundesliga pundit and football commentator added that he couldn’t imagine a German club wanting to sign Leno during the summer transfer window.
Leno was Arsenal’s number one for a number of years, including earlier this season.
But when Mikel Arteta brought Aaron Ramsdale to the club, he replaced Leno between the sticks and he hasn’t looked back since.
As a result, there was talk of Leno possibly leaving as Rae reacted to the possibility that he might return home.
“He’s been there for a while now, with Arsenal,” Rae said. “He was in Leverkusen. He’s still very much appreciated.
“One thing that Germany is doing pretty well is producing goalkeepers, so almost this assembly line of younger goalkeepers is coming through.
“I’m not sure I can picture it at the moment and I haven’t seen any connection with any particular German club. I can’t imagine a club that would say: “Yes, I want to bring Bernd Leno back to Germany”.
“If you look at all the big clubs there, they’re doing pretty well. Leverkusen could maybe upgrade – I think that’s the main thing to keep an eye on. I don’t know of any German club that puts everything on the Leno basket, as good and as credible as it is viewed in Germany.”
Signed by Arsenal for £19m in 2018 (Guardian), Leno was a great servant for the north London club.
But given how high Ramsdale have taken their game, it takes something special for the Germany international to return as number one now.
As a backup, it’s great for Mikel Arteta to have such a top quality and experienced player to fall back on.
That was proven in Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Aston Villa before the international break, when he conceded a goal, including a top save right off the bat.
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