Raul completes Schalke switch

The 33-year-old announced he was leaving the Santiago Bernabeu on Monday after an illustrious 18-seasons and had declared that his future lied in either England or Germany, fueling talk of a move to White Hart Lane or St James' Park.

But on Wednesday, last season's Bundesliga runners-up announced they had won the race to bring Raul to Gelsenkirchen on a two-year contract.

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Gary Parkinson is a freelance writer, editor, trainer, muso, singer, actor and coach. He spent 14 years at FourFourTwo as the Global Digital Editor and continues to regularly contribute to the magazine and website, including major features on Euro 96, Subbuteo, Robert Maxwell and the inside story of Liverpool's 1990 title win. He is also a Bolton Wanderers fan.