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Lee Bowyer could get new Birmingham deal - Alex McLeish

Arsenal 1-2 Birmingham

Highlights - Carling Cup final

Birmingham boss Alex McLeish says Lee Bowyer could yet be offered a new deal to remain at St Andrew's next season.

After the Blues' Carling Cup final win over Arsenal, midfielder Bowyer said he would be on his way this summer when his current agreement expires.

McLeish admitted that pre-season talks about a new contract for the 34-year-old had fizzled out.

But the Scot said: "We said 'Look, we will address it again at the end of the season'. There are no doors closed."

Speaking after Sunday's 2-1 victory at Wembley, Bowyer commented: "I think at the moment the club have said 'no' [to a new contract].

"That is not going to happen, so I'll be looking elsewhere. They might change their mind and keep me on, you never know. But that is up to the club."

Bowyer insisted he wanted to remain at St Andrew's regardless of the Arsenal result but admitted: "It is out of my hands. All I can do is try to put on performances."

And the London-born player, who joined Birmingham from West Ham in 2009, believes he is still good enough to play at the top level.

"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," he added.

"I've scored important goals this season, against Chelsea, Manchester United and in the [Carling Cup] 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."

Bowyer signed for the Blues after an initial loan spell and has been a key figure in them becoming established in the Premier League.

He was one of City's star performers against the Gunners, helping them win their first major trophy for 48 years.

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McLeish revels in Blues final win
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Arsenal 1-2 Birmingham
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08 Jul 09 |  Birmingham
West Ham sign midfielder Bowyer
08 Jun 06 |  West Ham

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