Raul signs for Schalke
Real Madrid legend Raul has penned a two-year deal with Schalke, the Bundesliga club have confirmed.
Raul bid an emotional farewell to Madrid on Monday, bringing the curtain down on a 16-year career at the Bernabeu. The veteran had long been expected to move to Schalke on a free transfer and has now completed his move.
Schalke coach Felix Magath told the club website: "It's great news for FC Schalke 04, I am pleased that we have succeeded in signing such an exceptional footballer and world-class striker switching to the Bundesliga for Schalke 04.
"He will be an inspiration. His qualities will help us. His commitment is a crucial step in our efforts to strengthen the squad for future tasks, and to restructure. I look forward to working with this good professional."
Raul was a key part of one of Madrid's most successful sides ever, winning three UEFA Champions League trophies and 16 titles in total, but was only a bit-part player last season and has decided to end his career elsewhere.
The former Madrid captain had been at the Bernabeu since joining their youth team in 1992 and is the club's all-time top goalscorer, with 323 goals in 741 games. Raul also scored 44 times in 102 appearances for Spain.