The 38-year-old whose 323 goals for Real Madrid were until recently a club record, announced earlier this month that he was hanging up his boots at the end of the current MSL League season.

Real Madrid
Real Madrid

That had prompted speculation that Raul would be leaving the New York Cosmos to return to Madrid. However, in a conference held in New York, the striker admitted that although he hoped to return to Madrid in the future, his present was in the United States.

“The way things are now, I want to continue living in New York. I will return to Madrid, but it won’t be in the near future,” he said, ruling out taking over as coach at the American club.

“I don’t feel as if I am a coach and it’s not in my mind to be one in the next few years. I want to be a father and a person now. In order to become a coach, I have to carry on learning and studying and I haven’t started that yet, although one day I would like to coach a winning team,” he admitted.

Raul looked back on a 21-year career, which has also seen him play in Germany and Qatar, saying he had, “played for longer and achieved more than I ever dreamed about when I was young.”

“I gave everything and I have had a lot of luck,” he added, before discussing his retirement from playing.

“I decided two months ago this would be my last season. I had another year on my contract, but I felt I had had enough. I’m 38 years old and the moment had to arrive, but I know I will miss it one day,” he said.
For the moment though, there are no regrets.

“I never imagined playing so long, in four leagues and making friends in all of the places where I played,” concluded Raul. Enditem

Source: Xinhua


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.