Spnaish Primera Liga

Record holder Raul talks about retirement

February 4, 2009

Real Madrid veteran Raul has revealed he will start thinking about when to retire at the end of next season.

Raul equalled Real's all-time scoring record on Saturday as he helped his team to victory over lowly Numancia with his 307th goal for the club.

The 31-year-old striker has spent his entire professional career at the Bernabeu and, although he admits retirement is drawing closer, he claims he still has two or three years to give the club.

"At the moment I still have two more years on my contract," Raul told Spanish television station Cuatro. "I think that the end of next season will be the time to think and reflect on what my future will be, and above all how my legs will respond.

"If I'm feeling as I am now, I'm sure I'll continue playing football.

"It's getting closer, but I still think I have two or three years left at the level that a team like Real Madrid demands. Then it will be the time to look at the future."

He added: "Everyone says 'what's important is to go out at the top'. That's difficult because one always thinks that they can continue at a very high level, but I think this decision is arriving and I hope to make it at the best possible moment."

The Real captain has had a distinguished career in the Spanish capital and he reserved special praise for former coach Fabio Capello.

"He was the one who taught me to be more professional in the world of football," Raul said of the current England coach.