Raul and Casillas commit to Real
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Real Madrid striker Raul and goalkeeper Iker Casillas are to end their careers with the club after signing new extended contracts, the club said Thursday.

Raul, 30, extended his deal by one year to 2011, when he will be 34, while Casillas, still only 26, extended his contract by six years through to 2017.

Real justified the moves by saying that the pair of Spanish internationals are the "most symbolic" stalwarts of the team. Both earn some six million euros a year.

"As today is Valentines' Day we might say that Iker, Raul and Real Madrid love one another, they are necessary and complement one another and have decided to get together for life," club chairman Ramon Calderon told a news conference which both players attended.

"Today is an important day. I've been here since the start (of my career) and thanks to the chairman I feel valued," said Casillas, who used the opportunity to send best wishes to former clubmate Ronaldo, now fighting to save his career after a new knee injury suffered Wednesday with AC Milan.

Raul said he was happy with his new deal which he said had been agreed "in five minutes".