Raul: I’ll return to Madrid…but not yet

Raul has confirmed his intention to remain in the United States once he retires from football, the Real Madrid icon having announced his retirement.

It had been suggested that Raul, on the books of NASL side New York Cosmos, would return to Spain and possibly take up a post at the club with which he is most associated, but he told a Press conference that he will stay in New York for the foreseeable future.

“For now I want to live in New York. I know someday I’ll return to Madrid, but not any time soon,” he said, AS reports.

“At the moment I’ll stay here with my family and then see if I accept an interesting project. Hopefully the Cosmos offer to make me an ambassador for the team, but we haven’t talked about anything.”

Raul was asked if he could see himself staying in football in a more hands-on role, and replied it isn’t something he has considered.

“I don’t feel like a Coach. It’s not something that has gone through my mind for the future,” he revealed.

“To be a Coach you have to study, and I haven’t even started that. [If he did become a Coach] I’d like to be at a winning team.”

Raul explained why he came to the decision to retire, with his final games to be the Cosmos’ play-off fixtures in November, before looking back on his best moments as a player.

“I had a year on my contract but a few months ago I decided to quit. The time was always coming. I know I'll miss it someday,” he admitted.

“It’s hard [to name a best moment]. I think my debut with Madrid when I was only 17. And my best goal, probably, was the first at Santiago Bernabeu, in my second game.

“The feeling of scoring on that stage, before 90,000 fans, is wonderful. And I was fortunate to do it many times and win many trophies there.”

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