Veteran goal getter opted for Bundesliga and not Old Trafford.
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Record Champions League goalscorer Raul has revealed he turned down a personal plea from Sir Alex Ferguson to join Manchester United last summer.
The 33-year-old had spent his entire career at Real Madrid, scoring 323 goals for the Spanish giants, but decided last summer it was time for him to leave the Bernabeu and signed for Schalke.
According to Spanish newspaper AS, Raul apparently took a call from Ferguson in June 2010 in which he asked the former Spain international to move to Old Trafford, but while the player was tempted, he had already agreed a deal with the German club.
Since his move to Schalke, Raul has been in excellent form scoring 15 goals in 35 appearances and has forged a prolific strike partnership with Klass-Jan Huntelaar.
It would appear that Raul made the right decision, not in terms of a straight choice between last year’s Bundesliga runners-up and Manchester United but no doubt his decision to turn down a move to Old Trafford could have had more to do with his ability to command a spot in the first team.
Had the 33 year old moved to the Premier League table toppers then there is a fair chance that he would have sat out most of the action as he would have found it hard to placate Wayne Rooney or Dimitar Berbatov, even Javier Hernandez may have forced his way ahead of the Real Madrid legend.
Instead a move to Schalke has worked out well on an individual basis, with Raul netting 15 goals in all competitions thus far, his Gelsenkirchen based club have faltered and sit in tenth place and some 12 points from even a Europa League finish.