With Raul Gonzalez having already stated his departure from Madrid, Raul went on to finish his deal with Schalke 04, as he went on to sign with the Bundesliga club earlier today. Having acquired Raul on a free transfer from Madrid, the speculation of Raul going to the Germany has finally come to an end as he went on to officially sign with the club earlier today. At 33 years old, Raul will continue his career playing in one of the most physical leagues in the world.
”I’m looking forward to starting on a new challenge. It’s an important challenge for me.” – Raul went on to say in regards to making the switch.
With head-coach of Schalke, Felix Magath, happy with the arrival of Raul, it will be interesting in seeing if Raul will be able to mesh well with the club.
”Great news for Schalke. I’m glad that we succeeded in enthusing such an exceptional footballer and world-class goal scorer about a move to the Bundesliga and to Schalke. His signing is a decisive step in our efforts to strengthen and restructure the squad.” Magath went on to say.
Raul has already made his departure known earlier in the week when he went on to say that he wishes to experience another type of style of football. However, with over 15 years of experience with playing at Madrid, it will be interesting in seeing if Raul will be able to adapt to a different style of football.
Raul went on to say the following :
”I want to experience another type of football, a different culture – that’s an important challenge in life. ‘German or English football – those are the only two places I would go … my motivation is to keep playing football.”
Although Raul may be seen as one of the best footballers in the world, to have to try and pick up a different playing style after 15 years and at 33-years of age, it will not be easy. If Raul can enjoy a strong showing with his stay at the German club, it will say a lot about his commitment to the sport. However, I don’t see Raul being a huge impact of Schalke but will be able to hold his own if given the chance.
How do you see things panning out for the Madrid legend? Sad to see him go? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.