Raul Joins Germany's Schalke 04 On Free Transfer

Former Real Madrid captain, Raúl, was introduced at German Bundesliga club Schalke 04 on Wednesday, ending the speculation as to which country the Spanish legend would land in.

From the AP:

Longtime Real Madrid forward Raul Gonzalez signed a two-year contract with Bundesliga club Schalke on Wednesday.

Raul joined Schalke on a free transfer after 15 seasons with Madrid, ending lengthy speculation about the move.

The club presented the 33-year-old striker at its stadium in Gelsenkirchen, giving him the No. 7 shirt.

"I'm looking forward to starting on a new challenge," Raul said. "It's an important challenge for me."

Raúl won't miss any time in the top tiers of European soccer. Schalke's second place finish in the Bundesliga last season automatically qualifies them for the group stage of the 2010-2011 UEFA Champions League.

The Spanish striker will be Schalke's replacement for the departed Kevin Kuranyi who transferred to Dynamo Moscow in May.  Kuranyi scored 18 goals for the Royal Blues in last season's campaign.  Raúl is Schalke's second signing from Real Madrid this summer.  They signed German defender Christoph Metzelder in April.  

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