Raul confirms exit from Madrid

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, Last Updated: 1:29 PM ET

MADRID -- Raul confirmed on Monday that he is leaving Real Madrid after spending the last 16 years at the Bernabeu.

The 33-year-old striker is the all-time leading scorer in the club's history with 323 goals in 740 appearances, while also being capped 102 times for Spain and scoring 44 goals.

"Today is a very difficult day for me," Raul said at a press conference to announce his departure. "I love almost everything about playing football and I want to hold on to the feeling of being a player. I've always done my utmost on the pitch. The word surrender doesn't exist for me or Real Madrid.

"I'd like to thank everybody for their support throughout the years, the fans, my teammates, coaches, presidents and the press. I want to say a special word of thanks to my family."

In addition to his individual exploits, Raul has captured six La Liga titles, three Champions Leagues, four Spanish Super Cups and one UEFA Super Cup as a member of Real Madrid.

According to reports, Raul is set to sign a two-year contract with German side Schalke, although he left open the possibility of a move to England as well.

"Schalke is interested in me and I have had very deep discussions with them," he said. "In a few days I will know whether I'll be going to the Bundesliga, but there are other teams that are also interested. What is clear is that my future lies in Germany or England."

Raul's exit comes just one day after another long-serving Real player, Guti, announced his departure from the club on Sunday.


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