Raul not ready for Madrid return

The New York Cosmos player is set to hang up his boots at the end of the NASL season, but he is not thinking about moving back to his home city once his career finishes

Real Madrid great Raul said a return to the Spanish capital is not in his “short-term plans”, as the forward prepares for life after football.

Raul announced almost a fortnight ago that he will retire from football after completing the current NASL season with New York Cosmos.

The 38-year-old is set to have plenty of time on his hands but the former Spain international intends to remain in New York for the time being.

A return to Madrid – where he became the club’s all-time recorder goal-scorer with 323 goals between 1994 and 2010 only to be surpassed by Cristiano Ronaldo on October 17 – is not on the agenda.

“Right now, I will continue to live here in New York. I know that I will go back to Madrid one day, but that is not in my short-term plans”, Raul said.

“For the moment, I will be here with my family and we’ll see if an interesting project turns up.”

Raul added: “I don’t feel like I am a coach, it’s not something I have thought too much about as far as the future is concerned.

“And besides, to become a coach, you need to study and train to get a licence and that’s a process I haven’t even started; if one day I do decide to go into coaching, I’d like to coach club that wins.”

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