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Mourinho makes his mark on Madrid


Jose Mourinho has laid dow a marker for his tenure as Real Madrid coach by telling two legends of the club, Raul and Guti, that they have no further part to play with the Spanish giants.

Raul and Guti will depart Madrid together

Guti will bring down the curtain on a 15-year career with Los Blancos when he signs for Turkish side Besiktas who are coached by former Real boss Bernd Schuster. Guti had been slipping down the pecking order for many years at Madrid, restricted to numerous cameos as a substitute, but with no coach prepared to offload him due to his reverential status at the Bernabeu. However the Spaniard, who joined the club as a nine-year-old and made his debut in 1995, will now move on and abroad in a brave move to test himself at a new high level. With the feverish support of the Besiktas fans, Guti will be moving on to be revered by a new set of supporters.

In total, he played 542 matches for Real, scored 77 goals and won an astonishing 15 trophies including five league titles and three Champions League successes. Speaking at a press conference in Madrid on Sunday, Guti said: “Thank you to everyone. I go knowing that Real Madrid will always be my home. I leave knowing that Real Madrid wants me and that is very important.”

German fans are considered slightly less fanatical in theiractions than the Turks, but fans of Schalke 04 can scarcely believe their luck as they prepare to sign Real Madrid’s iconic number nine Raul. The striker, considered the prodigal son of the famous club, scored 323 goals in over 700 appearances in 16 years. Schalke coach Feliz Magath said: “He will be a sensation in the Bundesliga. He will be an important player for us and will give a lot to the team.”

Raul is the all-time top scorer in the UEFA Champions League and can add to his goals tally with Shalke set to compete alongside

Raul set to leave boyhood team

Real Madrid in this years tournament. The Spaniard is also second in La Liga behind Andoni Zubizarreta (622) for league appearances. Despite hitting more than 40 goals for Spain, Raul has not been chosen since September 2006.

A press conference has been called for tomorrow morning where tributes are expected to be paid to both long-time servants of the club as the emotional departure of both Raul and Guti is now inevitable. Jose Mourinho is already making his mark on the Madrid squad as he looks to wrestle the title back from Madrid’s great rivals Pep Guardioa’s Barcelona.

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  1. July 25, 2010 at 2:30 pm

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