Raul Denies He is Set to Quit Real Madrid

Real Madrid captain Raul reiterated his desire on Monday to see out his career at the Bernabeu despite media reports that the club are prepared to offload him at the end of the season. 

'I have heard nothing from Real Madrid so I'm relaxed about it. My future is here and I've got three years left on my contract,' Raul told a news conference.

'The stories about me leaving must be because someone wants me to go, but I don't know where they are coming from. I've proved my commitment to this club over many years and I've no intention of leaving.'

The 29-year-old, who is in his 13th season in the Real Madrid first team, has been the target for criticism in recent seasons because of his failure to recapture the sort of form that once made him Spain's most prized player.

Raul admitted that the decision of successive coaches to play him in a deeper role had affected his form and that he was delighted that present boss Fabio Capello was now playing him in his favoured position up front.

'I'm a goal scorer and the closer I play to the area, the better, although if I have to play elsewhere I will always be prepared to sacrifice myself for the club.'

The striker, who has scored twice in the last two games, distanced himself from media criticism of the referee for awarding two controversial penalties against Real in Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Racing Santander.

'We are all upset because we thought we could win the game,' he said. 'The referee made a mistake on two occasions and of course you become a little angry, but we all make mistakes.

'I always respect the referees because they've got a very difficult job.'

Real, who have not won a major trophy since 2003, are in third place in the Primera Liga, five points behind leaders Barcelona with eight games to play. They host fourth-placed Valencia on Saturday.

Source ESPN

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