Soccer-Real Madrid is where Raul wants to be amid reports Zidane to leave


FILE PHOTO: Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, former Real Madrid footballer Raul Gonzalez and Real Madrid Director of Institutional Relations Emilio Butragueno attend the wake of Spanish footballer Jose Antonio Reyes, who died aged 35 in a traffic accident, at Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium in Seville, Spain, June 2, 2019. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

MADRID (Reuters) - Real Madrid great Raul has said his future is at the club following Spanish media reports that current coach Zinedine Zidane is to leave at the end of the season.

Raul, who scored 323 goals for the club between 1994 and 2010, has spent the last two years as a coach in Real's youth system, taking the under-19s last season and the reserve team this campaign.

His side missed out on promotion to the second division after a 0-0 draw at Ibiza on Sunday and the former Spain striker was asked if he would end up becoming first team coach next season after reports Zidane has decided to leave.

"This is my home and where I want to be. But it's not the time to talk about anyone's future," Raul told reporters.

Raul left Real in 2010 to continue playing in Germany with Schalke 04 and then in Qatar with Al-Sadd before ending his career with the New York Cosmos.

The 43-year-old has been linked with a move to Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt but said he was committed to Real.

"When I decided to become a coach three or four years ago I did it so I could be at my home, my club, get experience and get the best possible education," he added.

"We've learned a lot this year and I'm an employee of this club. I'm a club man, I'm happy at my home and I hope to continue."

Raul led Real's under-19 team to a UEFA Youth League triumph last year and by coaching the reserve side Castilla he is following the same path Frenchman Zidane and predecessor Santiago Solari took before getting the top job.

(Reporting by Richard Martin; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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