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Kahn mulls move abroad

Berlin: Bayern Munich’s Oliver Kahn may move abroad for a new challenge, the veteran told sports magazine Bild on Wednesday.

“It’s no secret that I have achieved everything you can several times over with Bayern. It’s then that you start to ask yourself how to keep motivating yourself,” said the 33-year-old shot-stopper who starred in Germany’s run to last year’s World Cup final. “I am in my ninth season (with Bayern) and have put in a huge amount of effort. But when you play abroad you have to prove yourself all over again — and that could open up new possibilities,” he explained.

Kahn’s current deal with Bayern runs to 2006 but there would be no shortage of takers for his services. One club reportedly keen on him is Barcelona — although they will not be involved in the Champions League next season — unlike Bayern, with whom Kahn has just wrapped up the Bundesliga title having won the Champions League in 2000 after a dramatic losing final in 1999 against Manchester United.

“I have had a number of chances to go abroad — and that is currently the case also,” explained Kahn who made his name with Dortmund before moving to Bayern in 1994.

“You have to think carefully — the money is not a priority. Bayern could win the Champions League in the next three seasons. If you move elsewhere you have to think about it. It’s a question of the level of your performances. The money can’t be the motivation. I can hardly expect to earn more than in Munich,” said Kahn who receives an estimated 7.65 million euros a year.

Meanwhile, according to a report from London, Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira has reaffirmed his commitment to the Premier League club saying he is looking forward to captaining the team again next season.

Quoted in the Arsenal programme for Wednesday’s game against Southampton, Vieira said: “I’m looking forward to sitting down with the boss, reflecting on the season and talking about how we can use the experience to plan a successful 2003-04 season.

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