Real Madrid Castilla manager Raul Gonzalez looks set to leave the royal club after more than four years in the role following a key conversation with management. Villarreal are looking for a new coach and meetings are scheduled for today (Friday) to resolve the matter.
According to the medium Cadena SER, Raul is ready to accept Villarreal’s offer, if it becomes official.
He will meet Villarreal president Fernando Roig, and newspaper Marca confirm that while he has had numerous offers in the past, this is the first time Raul looks close to leaving the Bernabeu.
The main reason is said to be that Real Madrid have told him that he will not be Carlo Ancelotti’s successor. The Italian is out of contract next summer and many expect him to leave the club after that.
For some time, Raul has been linked with the first-team coaching job at Real Madrid, but his name has recently fallen to the bottom of the shortlist, with Florentino Perez appearing to favor U-19 manager Alvaro Arbeloa. in front of him.
It seems that, unlike Zinedine Zidane, Raul will have to go out and make his name in management if he is to secure the number one position at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Raul is widely considered to have had a successful spell at Castilla, although he ultimately failed to earn promotion to the second tier of Spanish football.