Tuesday, 1st June 2010

According to reports on Spanish paper AS, new Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho’s first orders of business was to talk to veteran skipper Raul, who has been subject to plenty of speculation linking him with a move away from his boyhood club.

The living legend was used primarily as a substitute last season, scoring a meagre seven goals in 39 appearances for Los Blancos. His dismal return equalled his worst ever goal tally in a season, raising questions whether the talismanic captain’s days of playing are nearing their end.

It is believed Mourinho talked to the disgruntled star about the important role the 32-year-old leader can have not on the pitch, but as a senior member in the locker room. The Portuguese tactician believes that although Raul may no longer have the ability to compete at the highest level, he certainly still has the proper attitude and influence to create a strong squad mentality. Whether the former prolific goal scorer is ready to accept his new role however, will remain to be seen.


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