Raul Gonzalez, the legendary former Real Madrid forward and current coach of the club’s reserve team, has turned down an offer from Bundesliga side Union Berlin, according to a report by Marca. The Spanish newspaper claims that Raul was approached by the German club, who are looking for a replacement for Urs Fischer.
However, Raul has decided to stay loyal to Real Madrid Castilla, the team he has been coaching since 2019. The report states that Raul is happy with his project at the Segunda Division B level, where he has been developing young talents and preparing them for the first team. Raul has also been praised by Real Madrid’s senior coach Carlo Ancelotti, who has consulted him on several occasions and given him opportunities to work with the main squad in training.
Raul’s ultimate dream is to become the head coach of Real Madrid, the club where he spent 16 years as a player and won six La Liga titles, three Champions League trophies, and many other honors. He is the third all-time top scorer of the club with 323 goals and the most capped player with 741 appearances. He is also the sixth-highest scorer in La Liga history and the fifth-highest scorer in Champions League history.
Raul has been linked with several coaching jobs in the past, such as Schalke 04, Eintracht Frankfurt, Espanyol, Leeds United, and Villarreal, but he has always prioritized his role at Real Madrid Castilla, and is hopeful that if he stays close to home rather than going elsewhere, it’ll increase his chances of being called to the first team when Carlo Ancelotti leaves. Raul leading Real Madrid seems like an inevitability, and the Spaniard is maximizing his chances by continuing to work with Castilla.