Friday, 20 April 2012

Legend to Leave Schalke

One of the greatest strikers of our times, Raul Gonzalez announced yesterday that he'll leave German soccer club Schalke after the season and continue to ply his trade elsewhere. He confirmed that he will not move to the any of the bigger leagues having decided to continue his career in a league outside Europe.
"I have made a decision about my future, and will not stay at Schalke. It has been a really tough decision. I'd like to thank the club, the president and the manager for their patience. This decision is the right one for me," said Raul.
"My future doesn't lie in Europe. I will get together with my agent to discuss the offers we have received. I will then announce where I will go. It will be a less competitive league," he added.
Raul, 34, joined Schalke from Real Madrid in the summer of 2010 on a free transfer from Real Madrid and has scored 36 times in the 86 appearances that he has made for the German club in all competitions, helping them win the German Cup and reach the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2011.
Even this season, Schalke are currently closing in on Champions League qualification. They are third in the Bundesliga, a point clear of Borussia Monchengladbach.
The legend that he is downplays the transfer offers that have already started pouring in, "My decision is based on several factors. I'm still confident enough to play in a top league, but I can't foresee the future, the key factor is my family. In the Bundesliga you don't have much time with your family. My choice of which league to join will reflect my desire to spend more time with them.
"I had a wonderful two years here and the club will always be in my heart. I also want to say many thanks to the fans. They are very special, showed me lots of respect and affection. It will be emotionally difficult to say goodbye. Schalke will always be a part of my life," said Raul.
Schalke, as a mark of respect will retire Raul's No 7 shirt for an indefinite period.

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