Real Madrid legend Raul Gonzalez has spoken of his excitement at managing the club’s Castilla side next season.
Raul – who enjoyed a 20-year career at the top level – won his first title as a coach when the Juvenil B team won their league title this campaign.
He has now successfully completed his UEFA coaching badges and will assume managerial responsibilities at Madrid’s de facto reserve side.
“I am very excited and happy for this opportunity that the club gives me after getting the license and after only one year coaching in the youth teams,” Raul told Real Madrid TV, as cited by Marca.
“This is a very important challenge but I have a lot of desire to face it and hope to be up to the standard as always, try to instill in the team what Real Madrid represent and it is going to be a season full of excitement.”
The Castilla compete in Spain’s third tier – the Segunda Division B – and were unsuccessful in a promotion bid to La Liga 123 this season.
Raul played in Madrid's first team for 16 seasons, winning three European Cups, two Club World Cups, a European Super Cup, six league titles and four Copa del Rey crowns.
He has previously coached the club’s Cadete B and Juvenil B teams.