Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Real Madrid Star Raul: Going Where?

Former Spain captain Raul may be at 33 now, but there has been no lack of suitors for the Real Madrid striker. He is now in search of a new club to gain more first team football after seeing his appearance in the Madrid starting line up being vastly reduced since the arrival of a new pool of Galacticos last summer.

Raul has become a legend for both Spain and Real Madrid where he has spent his whole career so far. During his illustrious career, he has already earned many accolades. Scoring 44 goals in 102 international matches, Raul is currently Spain’s all time highest scorer. He also holds the records for leading goal scorer and most appearance for Real Madrid. The striker is also the leading scorer of Champions League.

So, it is not a surprise that a number of European clubs are interested in him. Moreover, at 33, he is still capable of netting descent amount of goals, given his scoring prowess. Now, the question is where he would finally arrive this summer.

Initially, Manchester United was favorite to be Raul’s next destination, but Ferguson’s interest has not been consistent. From Germany, Schalke 04 and Wolfsburg both are keen to secure his service, but the player has reportedly revealed his desire to end his career in England.

In England, there are at least three Premier League clubs who have made their interest known, besides Manchester United. They are Tottenham Hotspur, Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United, who has earned promotion last season.

However, Tottenham Hotspur now seems to be favorite to sign him as the player is reportedly interested to stay in London. Spurs can also offer Raul Champions League football. Suprs manager Harry Redknapp is also reportedly keen to add top class and experienced striker this summer ahead of their Champions League campaign.

So, it seems Tottenham is more likely to be Raul’s next destination at club level, but his agent has also said that Real Madrid has not yet given their consent over the issue.

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