Bowyer braced for Birmingham exit

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Birmingham have told midfielder Lee Bowyer he will not be offered a new contract when his current deal expires this summer.

Bowyer was one of Birmingham's star players in their shock Carling Cup final victory over Arsenal at Wembley. But the 34-year-old has confirmed he is looking for a new club, although he is clinging to the hope Birmingham may have a change of heart.

When asked if he was to be offered a new contract, Bowyer said: "I think at the moment the club have said 'no'. That is not going to happen so I'll be looking elsewhere."

He added: "I wanted to stay anyway, irrespective of what happened at Wembley.

"They might change their mind and keep me on, you never know. But that is up to the club. It is out of my hands. All I can do is try to put on performances."

Bowyer, who joined Birmingham two years ago from West Ham, believes he is still good enough to play in the Barclays Premier League.

He said: "I feel good. I'm 34. Because of your age, people still question whether you can still get box to box, if you can still do what you used to do. But I think I showed against Arsenal that I obviously can.

"I've scored important goals this season, against Chelsea, Manchester United and in the semi-final against West Ham. I've also got a good track record in Europe as well, I've scored quite a few goals in Europe.

"I've been doing it my whole career. Nothing has changed, apart from my age. I've just got older and wiser and just tried to calm down.

"My deal is done here in the summer at Birmingham. I can still do the business so we will see what happens."

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