Schalke president keen on Raul stay
Schalke president Clemens Tonnies is hopeful striker Raul will play another year with the club after his contract expires next summer.
The 34-year-old former Spain international recently committed himself to the remainder of his current contract amid reported interest from other top European clubs, and he does not appear to be against playing on another year in Gelsenkirchen. Now Tonnies has told Sport Bild magazine that Raul will be offered a new deal.
"Such an experienced player is very important for our young team and he proves that in every game," he said. "He is incredibly endearing. I have made it absolutely clear to him that he belongs with Schalke.
"We are proud for every minute Raul plays in a Schalke shirt. When somebody plays good football, gets involved and identifies himself with the club, then there is nothing to say you should not continue with him."
The best way to convince Raul to stay another year would be to offer him another crack at the Champions League, but Tonnies says his club would still be able to afford his wages even without European football. "Financially, we can afford Raul," he said. "We have such a solid financial base that we would not have any difficulties even if we don't qualify for Europe."