By Chris Wright
Real Madrid veteran Raul Gonzalez is on the verge of completing a move to the Bundesliga with Schalke 04, according to none other than the striker’s former teammate Christoph Metzelder.
Metzelder himself made the very same switch earlier in the summer, and firmly believes that the Spanish legend is due to follow suit.
The German defender told Bild;
“I understand him, I used to sit next to him on the Madrid team bus.
Raul has the ambition to continue playing in the Champions League and is thinking seriously about Schalke.
He has even been told which [local] teams his sons will play in.”
Even though Raul featured sparingly at the Bernabeu last season, Metzelder believes that the 32-year-old forward still has what it takes to cut it at the highest level;
“He is in top shape. He was injured only once in my three years at Madrid. He has a great personality and his presence would be a huge boost for this young team.”
Schalke are chasing a cut-price striker to replace their previous prolific goal-source Kevin Kuranyi, who joined Dynamo Moscow at the start of July.