Raúl González, a living legend of Real Madrid, has maintained a clear priority since he ventured into the world of coaching: taking charge of the white first team. With Carlo Ancelotti’s contract expiring next July, Raúl believes that this is not the right time to leave the club structure, but rather the time to take on the challenge he has been waiting for.
Although Raúl quickly joined Real Madrid’s first team as a footballer, his path as a coach has been a journey of five seasons in the club’s youth ranks. During this time, he has achieved success, including victory in the Youth League and accumulating three seasons in charge of Castilla. His contribution to the development of talent in the Merengue youth team is undeniable and he is highly regarded at the club.
Raúl understands that he can be Ancelotti’s natural successor on the main bench, following in the footsteps of Zinedine Zidane. However, he is not the only candidate on the minds of the Real Madrid board. Xabi Alonso, who has had an outstanding performance as a coach at Bayer Leverkusen, is also in the running. Furthermore, the possibility of a Zidane return can never be ruled out, as can Álvaro Arbeloa, who has the support of Real Madrid fans.
He has never wanted to leave Real Madrid
Despite speculation and rumors, Raúl González was never completely convinced to leave the Real Madrid organization chart at this time. Although Villarreal’s offer was tempting, representing a jump to the elite and a Europa League project, Raúl’s idea has always been to build from scratch, shape his own path, and not join a project already underway.