Striker announces decision to leave Bundesliga side as clamour grows for his signature.
Legendary Spanish striker Raul has decided against renewing his contract with Bundesliga club Schalke and plans to move on a Bosman at the end of the season.
When Raul left Real Madrid in the summer of 2010 there was a slight question as to what level he would srop down to. However, 36 goals in 86 appearances show that while he might have lost a yard or two of pace he is as clinical as ever.
Raul will no doubt have a few options when he leaves the Gelsenkirchen side, but where would he be best departing to?
The chance to play in the English Premier League would be a good shout, not just for us English neutrals but Raul’s style of play would be ideal for the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea.
While he might not be the typical signing of a Manchester City or United he would certainly provide crucial goals and experience. The Spaniard would be down the pecking order at City but his experience would be a massive influence at the Etihad. City have shown they can and will continue to challenge for the title but have often missed a player who has won trophies at the very top level.
Raul is still the all-time top scorer in the UEFA Champions League and his presence in a squad new to the Champions League would be invaluable. He also speaks English so that’s another box ticked.
Roberto Mancini would appreciate a more level-headed forward in his squad and it may help settle a few of the more, how should we put this, “challenging” players.
Would a move to China or UAE suit Raul?
The lure of money is normally enough for most players at this stage of their career.
As a player I’ve grown up watching and really appreciating, I would hope that Raul isn’t that type of person to move on financial merit alone.
Moving his wife and four children to a place of such cultural difference would be an extremely questionable and risky move.
Schalke currently sit third in the Bundesliga behind Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich, in first and second respectively.
A move to Dortmund or Munich is really out of the question with the young forwards they have coming through.
Any other transfer to stay within the German top-flight would come as a step down for the striker.
A move back to Spain would be a major shock. Having spent 16 years at Real Madrid a move to any other team in La Liga would be highly unlikely. Though Raul did cross the City divide as a youngster moving from Atletico to Real at the age of 14, but a move to Atletico would be ridiculous to even consider.
Maybe Raul’s time for a step into management or coaching has come?
I sincerely hope not as he still has a lot to offer to some of the top teams in Europe.
Anyway, you won’t need to wait long to find out as Raul will be explaining his decision this afternoon in a press conference at Schalke.
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